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We need answers: Supreme Court issues notice to NTA over 'cancel NEET-UG 2024' plea
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We need answers: Supreme Court issues notice to NTA over 'cancel NEET-UG 2024' plea

| @indiablooms | 11 Jun 2024, 01:40 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the National Testing Agency or NTA hearing on the plea seeking cancellation of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG 2024, media reports said.

The pleas have been filed over the allegations of leakage of question papers.

The top court has, however, refused to stay the ongoing counselling process for admission of selected candidates.

Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah told the NTA counsel as quoted by The Indian Express, "It’s not so simple that because you have done it (conducted the exam), it’s sacrosanct. We need answers for that…The sanctity has been affected. So we need answers."

Justice Vikram Nath said, " Let the counselling start. We are not stopping the counselling."

In their plea, the students said as quoted by The Indian Express, "After having stumbled upon news of the NEET exam paper leak they have been shaken at the core.

"Since the breaking of news on the NEET exam paper leak, the Petitioners are under tremendous stress and anxiety … their family members nurtured the dream of Petitioners becoming a medical practitioner one day."

The Calcutta High Court has sought a response from the National Testing Agency (NTA) over a PIL filed alleging irregularities in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the test for entry into medical colleges.

The petitioners have argued candidates had no scope to get marks like 718 or 719 as per the marking system.

Noting NTA's reason for granting such grace marks to the examinees, the division of the high court has asked the agency for a response to the allegations.

A writ petition was filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the grace marks awarded to the examinees by the NTA.

The vacation bench of the Delhi High Court has asked the agency for a stand on the petition.

In this year's examination, it is alleged that two of the options given for a question appeared to be correct, contrary to the instruction that only one option would be correct.

Following the allegations, the NTA went ahead with granting grace marks to all those who had opted for one of the two correct answers.

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