New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday issued notice to the National Board of Examination (NBE), the Medical Council of India, M/s Prometrics Private Ltd and the Central Bureau of Investigation and sought response of the Centre and the police on a writ petition seeking a court-monitored investigation by CBI/SIT (special investigation team) into irregularities in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Post Graduation, 2017 (NEET-PG, 2017) , held in December last year.

The public interest litigation claims that the ‘whole process’ of the examination conducted by the NBE was flawed as per the final report/charge-sheet filed by Delhi Police in July this year , and that as per the same report, the “Delhi Police lacks the technical know-how and (is) ill equipped to handle the investigation which requires technical expertise," considering that “the examination was computer based."

The report submitted by the Delhi Police against the persons accused of committing these irregularities says that there was tampering in the computer systems to allow screen sharing software thereby leaking questions to the candidates.

Further, it was revealed during investigation that “the gang operating to secure admissions in NEET-PG, 2017 used to take Rs3 lakhs as advance from the candidates for helping them during the examination."

M/s Prometrics Private Ltd, the main contractor for conduct of the examination, is said to have sub-contracted with CMS IT Services Private Ltd to hire engineers, site supervisors and other staff to prepare exam labs for conducting the examination at 43 centres across the country —whether such sub-contracting was permitted or not is yet to be answered by the parties involved, according to Dr. Anand Rai, who claims to be the whistleblower in Vyapam scam.

It has been pointed out in the petition that, “Even after being aware of the charge-sheet and the named candidates in the charge-sheet, the NBE has not constituted any examination ethics committee for appropriate action against the candidates who have secured admissions ion the NEET-PG, 2017 with unfair/fraudulent means and their results are used to scale all the results and in preparation of the merit list." As such, unfairness has been meted out to all potential candidates through this flawed selection procedure the petitioner submitted.

Further, the lawyer for the petitioner, Vaibhav Srivastava submitted that, “Delhi Police was acting like a post office, still awaiting technical data from NBE and M/s Prometrics Ltd and asking Delhi Lt Governor to provide a technical team for analysis of the technical data."

The petition demands appropriate proceedings against the candidates whose names have been involved in these unfair means, the designation of AIIMS or other suitable body as the Controller of NEET PG, and a financial and process audit of NEET-PG 2017, amongst other reliefs.

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