Petition Filed in Supreme Court for Scrapping of NEET-UG 2024

A group of 20 students has filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding the cancellation of the NEET-UG 2024 examination and the initiation of a court-monitored investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into alleged misconduct during the test conducted on May 5. The petitioners have also urged for a retest, suggesting that the National Testing Agency (NTA) and other responsible entities supervise a fresh examination.

This legal move came after the Supreme Court, on a recent Friday, requested responses from the Central Government and the NTA regarding another petition that also called for a CBI investigation following claims of a question paper leak and other discrepancies during the exam.

The petitioners argue that the credibility of the exam is compromised, citing “rampant irregularities and fraudulent practices.” This includes confirmed reports of question paper leaks, leading to several arrests and the registration of First Information Reports (FIRs), as highlighted in media outlets. They expressed concern over the integrity of the exam results released by the NTA, which showed an unusually high number of top scorers, with 67 candidates achieving the perfect score of 720 out of 720, and a 400 percent increase in students scoring between 620 to 720.

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The petition, drafted by advocate Dheeraj Singh, emphasizes the need for a thorough investigation by the CBI or an equivalent independent agency under the court’s oversight, to ensure justice for meritorious students allegedly disadvantaged by these failures. It also calls for a “post-exam analysis,” including checks on the academic backgrounds of high-scoring candidates and a forensic investigation to ensure fairness and transparency in future examinations.

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