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Supreme Court hears pleas concerning NEET 2020 [LIVE UPDATES]

The matter is being heard by a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhas Reddy and MR Shah.

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The Supreme Court is presently hearing pleas concerning the conduct of NEET this year for medical admissions.

There are three cases listed. The lead case of Keshav Maheshwari is set to be argued by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava.

The are two other pleas by Arijit Sau and Pragya Pranjal, which have been filed through Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai.

The matter is being heard by a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhas Reddy and MR Shah.

On August 17, the Bench dismissed pleas to postpone the conduct of NEET and JEE until the COVID-19 situation in the country normalises, stating that the careers of students cannot be put at jeopardy by postponing the test indefinitely.

This prompted cabinet ministers from six opposition-ruled States to file a review plea, urging the Court to reconsider the correctness of its August 17 ruling. This plea was also later dismissed.

Whereas the JEE exams have already been conducted between September 1-6, the NEET is due to be held on September 13.

Live updates of the hearing feature on this page.

Hearing begins.ย 

The Bench hearing the matter
The Bench hearing the matter

Senior Advocate Arvind Datar: NEET exams are starting on Sept 13. We are asking for a postponement.

Justice MR Shah: Mr. Datar, exams will start in a few days.

Datar seeks to submit before the Court to highlight the practical difficulties.

Justice MR Shah: Mr. Datar, all arrangements will be made for the NEET exams

Arvind Datar refers to UGC judgment by Supreme Court

Arvind Datar
Arvind Datar

Datar seeks to highlight the example of Bihar where there are only 2 exam centres

Supreme Court observes that there cannot be different dates for different States.

Court: Whatever date is fixed, there might be some difficulty.

Datar urges for the exam to be considered to be postponed by three weeks

Supreme Court points out that a review petition was also dismissed

Senior Advocate KTS Tulsi arguing for petitioners: COVID19 cases are increasing and now there are 90,000 daily cases.

Tulsi shows an example of the Bombay High Court's recent order where the Court said those who could not appear for the exam should be appropriately considered.

Justice Ashok Bhushan: Whether the students should be considered or not is for the body to decide not for this Court to pass directions on.

KTS Thulsiย cites the Disaster Management Act and says that the students are at a high risk of contracting the virus.

Senior Advocate Tulsi cites Article 21 of the Constitution.ย 

Advocate Shoeb Alam now arguing: My petition (Arijit Sau) is different from the petitions so far and is not seeking for deferment of the exams.

Alam: I want to point out some lacuna in the guidelines issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Advocate Shoeb Alam refers to the guidelines and advisories which provide for students in containment zones etc. to take the exam later on.

Advocate Shoeb Alam cites the Standard Operating Procedure issued which are applicable for all exams.

The three-judge bench observes that the concerned authorities will take all the necessary precautions for the safety of students.ย 

Advocate Shoeb Alam: (On admit cards) I'm praying that it may be used as a curfew pass.ย 

Advocate Shoeb Alam Alam prays that there might be some facilitation for aspirants to reach the exam centres.

Alam: The local authorities may be directed to ensure that the guidelines are enforced.ย 

Court: All this will be done.

Advocate Shoeb Alam: A slight nudge from your lordships will go a long way. At a time when there is a cap on large gatherings, there are hundreds of students who have to go out to take the exams so a direction from the Court will go a long way.

Advocate Neela Gokhale seeks to make submissions.

Supreme Court cuts short her argument.

Court: "We are not inclined."

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