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OMR sheet blank, fixed with tape, different from one uploaded by NTA: NEET aspirants tell Delhi High Court after physical inspection
In view of shocking discrepancies, the aspirants have prayed that a proper scrutiny be conducted to ensure fair, transparent and just evaluation.
OMR sheets were "blank", "torn", had "different style of bubble filing" and were even "not the same" as the one uploaded online, alleged National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirants before the Delhi High Court (Muskaan Sabharwal & Ors vs NTA & Ors).
Apprehending tampering with original OMR sheets, as many as 14 aspirants have now sought the constitution of a high-powered Committee to investigation the issue.
The allegations were made today before a single-judge Bench of Justice Jayant Nath after the aspirants physically inspected their OMR sheets at the office of the National Testing Agency (NTA) earlier this month.
While some aspirants have alleged that the number of “attempted questions” in the OMR sheet were lesser than the actual number of questions attempted by them, a couple of them found that the OMR sheet uploaded on the NTA website was not the same as their original OMR sheet.
“The representative of Petitioner No. 6 perused her OMR sheet on her behalf, they were shocked to note that the alleged original OMR sheet was not same to the OMR sheet uploaded by Respondent No. 1 (NTA) on their website on 05.10.2020..The alleged original OMR sheet was torn and was fixed together by sellotape. It is submitted that while handing over the OMR sheet to the invigilator, Petitioner No. 6 duly filled the bubbles and her expected score was 621," the submission made before the High Court reads,
Another aspirant added that “as per the OMR sheet uploaded on the website of Respondent No. 1 on 05.10.2020 the score of Petitioner No. 8 was 581, however, the OMR sheet which was shown to the representatives of Petitioner No. 8 was not the same OMR as uploaded on the website of Respondent No. 1 on 05.10.2020.”
Yet another said that "despite attempting the questions and expecting score of 630, the alleged original OMR sheet of the Petitioner No. 9 shown was blank."
An aspirant also alleged that she was not shown her own OMR sheet by the authorities.
In view of these shocking discrepancies, the petitioner/aspirants have prayed that a proper scrutiny be conducted to ensure fair, transparent and just evaluation.
The court today issued notice in the petition and sought response from NTA.
The matter would be heard next on January 8.
Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan along with advocates Tanvi Dubey, Dr. Charu Mathur, Avishkar Singhvi appeared for the petitioners.