SC notice to NTA, Centre on plea for CBI probe

Responding to the submission for ordering a CBI probe, the bench said the reply of the NTA was necessary before an order could be passed.
SC notice to NTA, Centre on plea for CBI probe

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the Centre on a plea seeking CBI investigation into allegations of question paper leak and other irregularities in the NEET-UG exam held across the country on May 5 this year.

A two-judge vacation bench of justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta sought the responses within two weeks and tagged the cases with other petitions raising similar issues. The batch of pleas will now be heard on July 8, when the top court will start functioning after the summer vacation.

The development comes a day after the NTA and the Centre told the SC that the grace marks given to 1,563 candidates in the NEET-UG exam will be cancelled. They will have the option to either take a re-test on June 23 or forgo the compensatory marks awarded for the loss of time, the court was told.

The petitioners alleged cheating happened in the medical entrance exam. “Cheating in entrance exams undermines the principles of meritocracy and equal opportunities which are essential for fostering social mobility and ensuring fairness in society,” the plea said.

Responding to the submission for ordering a CBI probe, the bench said the reply of the NTA was necessary before an order could be passed.

As many as 67 students had scored a perfect 720 in the test in which 24 lakh students participated, with six from a centre in Haryana’s Faridabad, raising suspicions about irregularities.

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