Thursday, June 13, 2024

‘Infructuous’: SC dismisses petitions alleging discrepancies in NEET-PG 2022 scores

The Supreme Court today dismissed the petitions challenging the alleged discrepancies and seeking disclosure of answer keys and answer sheets of the NEET-PG 2022 Exam, Live Law reported.

The petition has been filed by doctors who accuse that there are serious mismatches in their NEET-PG 2022 scores, and the NBE is not granting re-evaluation.

“These petitions are rendered infructuous due to the passage of time. In case the petitioners still have a grievance with respect to the NEET examination of Undergraduate or Post-Graduate held in the year 2024, they may assail it on admissible grounds. These petitions are accordingly dismissed,” said the vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Ahsanuddin Amanullah while dismissing the petitions considering them to be infructuous after the lapse of considerable time.

Advocate Avani Bansal appearing for 6 writ petitioners contended that the present petitions would still be of relevance since two of the petitioners would be sitting for the NEET PG 2024 examination which will be held on June 23, the legal website reported.

“The trouble is they(National Board of Examination) are not allowing us access to answer keys, answer sheets, question papers(of NEET-PG 2022) ….the petitioners are still going to appear this time,” Advocate Avani Bansal submitted.

As per the reliefs sought, the petitioners pray that (a) directions be issued to NBE to release the question paper and answer key for NEET-PG 2022; (b) provide options to the candidates to re-evaluate their papers; to declare Clause 9.7 and 10.4 unconstitutional; (c) permit candidates to challenge answer keys, Live Law reports.

They also sought the constitution of a High Power Committee to examine instances of alleged discrepancies in scores to ensure fairness and transparency in the evaluation mechanism. The pleas also implore to frame guidelines for publishing question papers and answer keys after the examination. The petitioners sought direction to NBE to upload individual OMR answer sheets in the login account along with the question paper and the corresponding answer key, immediately after the examination and to provide the answer key and question paper to the candidates for NEET-PG 2022, upon their filing a RTI application.

“We cannot keep all these matters pending unnecessarily,” the top court replied.


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