Petition Filed in Supreme Court for CBI, ED Probe into Alleged NEET-UG Exam Irregularities

A new petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, calling for a comprehensive investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the alleged discrepancies in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduates, which took place on May 5. The petition, initiated by ten students who participated in the examination, also urges the Bihar Police to hasten their ongoing investigation and to present their findings to the Supreme Court.

Despite understanding the potential consequences of exam cancellation, the petitioners assert that there are no alternatives given the severity of the issues reported. Among the cited irregularities, the authorities reportedly failed to distribute the correct sets of question papers on time, leading to confusion and the subsequent recall of incorrect papers.

Earlier, the apex court had demanded responses from the Central government, the National Testing Agency (NTA), and other relevant parties concerning several petitions, some of which called for the cancellation of NEET-UG 2024 and a court-supervised investigation. This comes amid growing public dissatisfaction and allegations of misconduct in the administration of the nationwide medical entrance examination.

While the Supreme Court has paused other related legal actions pending in various high courts, it clarified that the counselling process will proceed without interruption. The examination saw approximately 24 lakh candidates at 4,750 centers, with results unexpectedly released on June 4, ahead of the scheduled June 14 due to the prompt completion of answer sheet evaluations.

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