NEET 2: Supreme Court declines plea on paper leak probe
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to intervene in a plea seeking the court’s supervision of an ongoing probe into alleged leaks in phase 2 of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
NEET is the central examination for admission to medical colleges in India introduced this year.
A bench comprising justices Anil R. Dave and L. Nageswara Rao allowed the petitioner, medical college aspirant Anshul Sharma, to approach the Uttarakhand high court, if required. Sharma was allowed to withdraw his petition before the apex court.
Sharma had approached the court asking it to seek a status report of the investigation by the police in Haldwani district of Uttarakhand into the allegations of a question paper leak in NEET.
The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) counsel informed the court that it had received a list of questions that the Uttarakhand police unearthed during its investigation, shortly after NEET phase 2 on 24 July.
The CBSE said that the questions sent by the police did not match the ones on the question paper. The CBSE had earlier issued a statement on 25 July stating that there had been no leak in the question paper.
Lawyer Sanjay Hegde, who represented Sharma, argued that the CBSE had similarly denied any wrongdoing in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) in 2015. However, after the apex court’s intervention, the 2015 test had to be conducted again.