NEET-UG paper leak: SC asks NTA to fully disclose details about paper leak

The Union government had opposed the cancellation of the NEET-UG exam saying that scrapping the entire exam would jeopardise lakhs of honest candidates who attempted the question paper held on May 5.
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The Supreme Court, on Monday, July 8, directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to make a full disclosure before the apex court regarding the nature of the paper leak, the places where leaks took place, and lag of time between the occurrence of the leak and the conduct of the examination. A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud remarked that denial to the allegations of paper leak is only adding to the problem and said that a decision for re-test would be taken based on the details furnished by NTA. The court also asked the Union government and NTA about the action initiated against the wrong beneficiaries in the NEET-UG examination held on May 5.

The Bench, also comprising Justices J.B. Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, asked the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to file a status report indicating the status of investigations and the material collected during the course of investigations. "The IO shall place the material collected during the course of investigation when the leak is alleged to have taken place and when the leaked question paper was made available,” it ordered. 

Further, the apex court said if feasible, it would utilise technology and law to identify the beneficiary of wrongdoings, so 23 lakh students do not need to appear in re-exam. The matter will be heard next on July 11. 

In a preliminary affidavit filed before the top court last week, the Union government opposed the cancellation of the NEET-UG exam saying that scrapping the entire exam would seriously jeopardise the lakhs of honest candidates who attempted the question paper held on May 5. 

The affidavit filed by the Union Ministry of Education said, "In the absence of any proof of any large-scale breach of confidentiality in a pan-India examination, it would not be rational to scrap the entire examination and the results already declared. It is submitted that in any examination, there are competing rights that have been created whereby the interests of a large number of students who have taken the examination without adopting any alleged unfair means must not also be jeopardised." 

As regards the alleged instances of irregularities, including cheating, impersonation, and malpractices, the CBI is undertaking an investigation and has taken over the cases registered in different states, it added. 

The issue relating to the grant of grace marks in the NEET-UG exam has already been closed by the Supreme Court after NTA submitted the scorecards of 1,563 candidates, who were awarded compensatory marks on account of the loss of time, had been withdrawn and cancelled. These candidates were given the option to appear in a re-test or may appear in counselling on the basis of actual marks obtained in the exam without normalisation. 

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