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NEET UG 2024 Hearing highlights: CBI arrests accused Rakesh Ranjan from Bihar

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live Updates: The CJI-led bench adjourned the matter on Thursday after it noted that some of the parties haven't received the affidavits filed by the Union government and National Testing Agency (NTA).

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live Updates: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) student wing supporters raise slogans during their protest march to Raj Bhawan against the alleged the NEET-UG and UGC-NET examinations issue, in Patna on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (Pappi Sharma)Premium
NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live Updates: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) student wing supporters raise slogans during their protest march to Raj Bhawan against the alleged the NEET-UG and UGC-NET examinations issue, in Patna on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (Pappi Sharma)

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live Updates: A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud on Thursday deferred the hearing on a bunch of petitions concerning the alleged paper leak in the NEET UG medical entrance examination to July 18.  The bench was hearing the matter that included petitions alleging irregularities and malpractices during the May 5 test and seeking a re-test of the exam. 

The matter was adjourned as the CJI-led bench noted that some of the parties haven't received the affidavits filed by the Centre and National Testing Agency (NTA) and that they need to apply their minds to the responses before arguments. The other two judges on the bench are Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.

Why was the hearing adjourned today?

The Court granted the adjournment to enable the petitioners to file their responses to the affidavits filed by the Centre and the National Testing Agency yesterday, legal news website LiveLaw said in a report.  Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud-led bench initially proposed to list the matters on July 15. But the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta cited a personal difficulty on July 15 and July 16.  With July 17 a holiday, the SC then posted the matters to July 18. 

What happened in last hearing?

In the previous hearing on July 8, the Supreme Court said that the integrity of NEET-UG 2024 had been compromised. The top court directed the NTA, that conducts the exam, and the Union government to submit comprehensive affidavits, and requested a status update from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by July 10 regarding the NEET UG examination.

What did the government say in its affidavit?

In an affidavit submitted on July 10, the Union government said that the Ministry of Education had requested IIT Madras to conduct comprehensive data analytics of the results of NEET-UG 2024 candidates, in compliance with the Supreme Court's directives. The Centre informed the Supreme Court that there was no evidence of widespread cheating or specific groups of candidates unfairly benefiting from abnormal scores in NEET-UG 2024. The NTA submitted a separate affidavit to the Supreme Court. They analyzed marks distribution at national, state, city, and centre levels for NEET-UG 2024.

NEET-UG 2024 was taken by 23.33 lakh students on May 5 across 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 cities overseas. Conducted by the NTA, NEET-UG is the entrance test for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, and other related courses in government and private institutions nationwide.

11 Jul 2024, 08:21:38 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: JNU considers returning to in-house entrance exams for PhD admissions

Jawaharlal Nehru University is mulling abandoning the UGC NET exam for admission to PhD programmes and revert to the in-house entrance, following the cancellation of the NTA-conducted exam due to integrity concerns.

The administration has asked all deans, chairpersons of special centres, and chairpersons of the center of the School of Studies to give their consent to hold the in-house Ph. D. Entrance Examination, as per an email sent to the faculty.

11 Jul 2024, 08:21:09 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: How was Rakesh Ranjan arrested?

"Ranjan was located and identified through a detailed analysis of digital footprints, including IP addresses and email communications, underscoring the agency's dedication to employing cutting-edge technology in its efforts to combat corruption and fraud," the official added.

11 Jul 2024, 08:20:12 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: CBI arrests accused in NEET Paper Leak case from Bihar

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested accused Rakesh Ranjan alias Rocky from Bihar's Nalanda in connection with the NEET paper leak case.

Ranjan's arrest brings a significant advancement in the investigation, the agency said on Thursday.

Rakesh Ranjan, who is believed to be a one of key player in the NEET paper leak network, was taken into custody following a planned operation by the CBI.

"Before his arrest, the CBI set a trap and conducted raids at four locations in the vicinity of Patna and in Kolkata," a senior CBI official told ANI.

11 Jul 2024, 05:47:34 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Why SC adjourned the matter ?

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The Court granted the adjournment to enable the petitioners to file their responses to the affidavits filed by the Centre and the National Testing Agency yesterday, legal news website LiveLaw said in a report. "Though the bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud initially proposed to list the matters on Monday, July 15, the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta cited a personal difficulty. Mehta said that both he and the Attorney General won't be available on Monday and Tuesday. Considering that next Wednesday is a holiday, the Court then posted the matters to next Thursday, July 18, LiveLaw report said.

11 Jul 2024, 02:56:55 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Aggrieved students meet education minister

Amid ongoing row over NEET-UG Examinations 2024, a group of students today met Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at his residence over the NEET-UG examination

11 Jul 2024, 02:45:30 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: What did the NTA affidavit mention?

In a recent submission to the Supreme Court, the Central government affirmed that data analytics performed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on the outcomes of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate 2024 revealed no irregularities. 

11 Jul 2024, 02:37:59 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Is SC considering a re-test?

On 8 July, the Supreme Court said that it would have to determine to what extent the exam was compromised to decide whether a retest would be needed or not.

11 Jul 2024, 01:50:33 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live:  Why SC adjourned the matter ?

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The Court granted the adjournment to enable the petitioners to file their responses to the affidavits filed by the Centre and the National Testing Agency yesterday, legal news website LiveLaw said in a report. "Though the bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud initially proposed to list the matters on Monday, July 15, the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta cited a personal difficulty. Mehta said that both he and the Attorney General won't be available on Monday and Tuesday. Considering that next Wednesday is a holiday, the Court then posted the matters to next Thursday, July 18, LiveLaw report said. 

11 Jul 2024, 01:18:59 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: SC adjourns hearing, matter to be taken up on July 18

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Supreme Court posts the matter to July 18. The CJI-led bench notes that some of the parties haven't received the affidavits filed by the Centre and NTA and that they need to apply their minds to the responses before arguments. 

11 Jul 2024, 01:04:43 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Counselling to begin from 3rd week of July, says Govt

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live:  The Union government has said that counselling for the academic year 2024-25 of NEET-UG will be conducted in four rounds starting from the third week of July. Any candidate found benefiting from malpractice will have their candidature cancelled at any stage of the counselling process or thereafter, said the government. 

The Centre has formed a high-level committee of experts. This committee will recommend robust measures to enhance transparency, smoothness, and fairness in examinations conducted by the NTA.

11 Jul 2024, 12:28:55 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Leaked paper on Telegram was fake, says NTA

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has said a video on Telegram showing the purported leaked paper is ‘fake’. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on July 10, the NTA, which conducts the NEET-UG, said that the screenshots regarding the paper leak in the video shared on Telegram were 'fabricated.'

11 Jul 2024, 12:25:01 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Court to take up matter soon

 NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The matter has not being taken up yet as  the court is hearing other matters that are listed for the day. Since the matter is listed at number 40-45, it is expected that the hearing will start soon. The court is hearing matter number 32 right now, according to reports.

11 Jul 2024, 12:07:43 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Fear-mongering of opposition parties can be put to rest now, says Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: On the NEET exam issue, Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai says that IIT Madras did a survey about the nature of the paper leak, they are very clear that it has been contained. It did not reach many people. “Supreme Court also mentioned a few days ago that it does not seem to be a widespread leak... It is a very localised leak that has been controlled, the fear-mongering of opposition parties can be put to rest now," he told news agency ANI

11 Jul 2024, 11:42:13 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: CJI-led bench assembles. NEET matter listed at serial number 43

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud has assembled to hear a bunch of petitions concerning the alleged paper leak in the NEET UG medical entrance examination. Petitions concerned NEET matter is listed at serial number 43, according to legal news website LiveLaw.

11 Jul 2024, 11:38:52 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: CBI to file charge sheet against youth who circulated 'doctored' screenshot of UGC-NET paper

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to file a charge sheet against a youth who allegedly circulated a "doctored" screenshot of the UGC-NET paper on Telegram which led to the cancellation of the exam after an alert from the Union Home Ministry about a possible ‘breach,’ officials were quoted by news agency PTI

The central agency didn't find any large-scale conspiracy in the case and would limit the charge sheet to offences of attempt to cheat or cheating, the news agency said quoting officials. 

The CBi probe into the alleged UGC-NET paper leak had found that the screenshot of the ‘leaked’ question paper for the June 18 exam was ‘doctored’ by a school student, the officials said.

More than 11 lakh candidates had registered for the exam which determines eligibility for junior research fellowship, appointment as assistant professors and admission to PhD in Indian universities and colleges.

 

11 Jul 2024, 11:18:41 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: No malpractice in exams, says IIT Madras analysis

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The analysis of data with regard to NEET-UG 2024 results by IIT-Madras has found ‘no abnormality’ and shows that ‘there is neither any indication of mass malpractice nor a localised set of candidates being benefitted leading to abnormal scores.’ These details were mentioned in the Centre in its affidavit to the Supreme Court filed on July 10. 

11 Jul 2024, 10:44:43 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: CBI arrests two more from Patna in paper leak case

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two more accused from Patna in connection with the NEET-UG paper leak case on July 10. Eleven accused have been arrested in the paper leak case, so far. 

11 Jul 2024, 10:10:41 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Cancellation of exam would be counterproductive, says NTA

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live:  The NTA told the court in its affidavit that the incident of the alleged paper leak in Patna is under investigation by the CBI.

“The cancellation of the entire examination on the basis of the aforesaid factor, would be hugely counterproductive and significantly harmful to the larger public interest, especially to the career prospects of qualified students," the NTA said.  

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11 Jul 2024, 10:05:08 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Sanctity of exam intact, says NTA in its affidavit

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: The NTA has informed the SC that the attempt to manipulate OMR sheets in Godhra, Gujarat was foiled and the malpractice was nipped in the bud. Sanctity of the exam intact, the NTA said in its affidavit. 

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11 Jul 2024, 09:43:23 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: ‘No question paper found missing, no locks broken,'  Centre tells SC

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: In its fresh affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court, the Union government reaffirmed its stance on the absence of leaks in the controversy surrounding the NEET-UG examinations. 

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has informed the Supreme Court that no question paper was reported missing and no breaches were found in Patna. 

Also, IIT Madras conducted data analytics on the results of NEET-UG 2024, revealing that the distribution of marks follows a typical bell-shaped curve, consistent with patterns seen in large-scale examinations, indicating 'no irregularities,' the Centre informed the top court ahead of hearing on July 11. 

11 Jul 2024, 09:30:59 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: SC to take up re-test petitions today

NEET UG 2024 Hearing Live: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud-led SC bench is scheduled to hear a bunch of petitions regarding the alleged paper leak in the NEET UG medical entrance examination today

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