The apex court dismissed the plea seeking NEET UG exam postponement by saying that more than “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can’t be deferred on a plea of few students.”
By The Newster
The Supreme Court of India rejected a petition that sought the postponement of NEET examination after the declaration of CBSE compartment, Patrachar and private exams.
The court on Monday said that the examination will be as per schedule on September 12.
The apex court dismissed the plea by saying that more than “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can’t be deferred on a plea of few students.” A batch of students sought the postponement of NEET exams contending that the dates of examination will clash with other examinations.
“We will not entertain this petition. We do not want uncertainty. Let the exam continue,” a Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice CT Ravikumar and Justice Hrishikesh Roy said.
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The National Testing Agency, had earlier said the SC bench that the “students would be allowed to appear for the examination, irrespective of the fact that CBSE results would not be declared by then”, NDTV reported.
“The non-declaration of result will not stop the students from appearing in the exam, and results will only be required during the counselling,” the testing agency has said.
The petition was filed by Advocate Sumanth Nookala seeking that the notice scheduling NEET UG 2021 on September 12 as being “manifestly arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”
The bench orally told the petitioner’s counsel while hearing the submission made by the NTA’s counsel on September 3 that, “Your grievance is other exams will commence and your result isn’t declared. The relief claimed is unnecessary as authorities say you will be permitted to appear”.
Earlier, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi also advocated the demand of NEET UG 2021 postponement. Priyanka Gandhi in her tweet said, “Time after time the government pushes on against the legitimate demands of students across India. Why is it so hard for those in power to hear out and help those who are the future of our nation? Does their mental health and well-being not matter?”
Rahul Gandhi on the other hand had tweeted that, “GOI is blind to students’ distress. Postpone #NEET exam. Let them have a fair chance.”
SukhPal Singh Toor, an activist also raised concerns over the exam dates before Education Minister of India in a letter to the ministry.