National Testing Agency’s special leave petition Adjourned till October 28

Chaini Parwani –

Published On: October 27, 2021 at 19:14 IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted till Tomorrow the Hearing of the National Testing Agency’s special leave Petition challenging the recent Bombay High Court order informing the National Testing Agency to Hold latest exam for two NEET UG aspirants.

A Bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai could not take up the Petition before 1 PM today. Since another matter is posted for hearing during the post-lunch session, the Bench Adjourned the NTA’s Petition till tomorrow.

The Solicitor General On Monday, had Prayed status of the Plea stating that the declaration of the NEET-UG results were on hold due to the High Court’s Order.

The Bombay High Court through its impugned Order directed the NTA to hold a fresh examination of the two Petitioners for the Academic Year 2021-2022 and announce the result within a period of two weeks.

Further the High Court also informed the NTA to frame significant Rules / guidelines for providing corrective measures in case of such hardships that may occur in similar situations, in future, keeping in mind the concern and future of such students.

The two Petitioners before the Bombay High Court Pleaded an order and Rule against National Testing Agency to re-examine them by administrating a new NEET UG examination before announcement of result on grounds of a discrepancy with respect to the Test Booklet and the OMR Sheets during their exams.

The Petitioners Observed that the Examiner began to distribute the question paper and answer booklet only at 2.05 pm which was 5 minutes later than the time of the examination.

Further the Petitioners claimed that during the exam, one examiner started distributing question paper booklets distinctly to all the students and other examiner started distributing answer sheet booklets.

Furthermore, the Petitioners Argued that due the said distribution pattern six candidates in one row got the question paper booklet and the answer sheet booklet with the same CODE and specific 7 digit serial number.

The Petitioners further noted that when they observed the mistake on the part of the Invigilator and highlighted the same to them, the Petitioners were threatened with dire consequences of reporting them for causing inconvenience and disturbance in the examination hall and thereby committing immoral practice if they further argued.

The Petitioners stated that they started to write the exam at 4.15 pm – 4.30 pm when time to complete the paper was ended at 5.00 pm, and being in haste and anxiety due to the blunder caused by the Invigilator, they could not finish the paper.

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