Supreme Court issues notice to NTA over NEET-UG 2024 paper leak allegations

 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the National Testing Agency (NTA) seeking a response to the plea that sought fresh National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate (UG) examination 2024 (NEET-UG 2024) over alleged paper leak and irregularities.

“Sanctity has been affected, we need answers,” the top court’s vacation bench comprising Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah said, as it tagged the petition filed by 10 NEET candidates.

The court also refused to stay the counselling process for admissions in MBBS, BDS, and other courses for successful candidates.

“We will not stop the counselling. If you argue further, we will dismiss this,” the court said.

The matter has been listed for further hearing on July 8.

The plea alleged that NEET-UG, 2024, was riddled with malpractices, as the petitioners had learned of various instances of paper leaks. The alleged paper leak was violative of Article 14 (right to equality) under the Constitution as it gave an undue advantage to some candidates over others who chose to attempt the examination in a fair manner, it said.

Notably, the NEET-UG examination is conducted by the NTA for admissions nto MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

The NEET-UG 2024 was held on May 5, and the results were declared on June 4.

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