New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a plea seeking the court’s intervention in the recently concluded National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges amid allegations that a question paper had been leaked.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the NEET Phase II examination on 24 July and NEET I on 1 May. Some media reports said the NEET 2 question paper had been leaked in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand where around 44,000 students appeared for the exam.
Lawyer Sanjay Hegde, representing petitioner and medical college aspirant Anshul Sharma, asked chief justice T.S. Thakur to ensure an early hearing of the petition.
The plea, according to Hegde, relies on a press conference by a district senior superintendent of police in Uttarakhand, who claimed that a syndicate had leaked questions, which were shared on messaging platform WhatsApp. The petitioner has asked for a status report on the investigation to be filed with the court.
The CBSE has refuted this claim. CBSE released a statement on 25 July, calling it an attempt by some unscrupulous elements to cheat candidates with false promises.
“The material seized by the Uttarakhand Police from persons involved in cheating was provided to CBSE and the same was matched by the Board with the original question paper of NEET-II and found that the seized material is entirely different from the original question paper”, the statement said.
Hegde said the CBSE had similarly denied any foul play in the 2015 All India Pre-Medical Test. However, after four status reports, evidence to the contrary surfaced and the examination had to be re-conducted.
Earlier this year, the apex court paved the way for the first NEET to be held.