Supreme Court has refused to entertain a batch of pleas seeking deferment or cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test scheduled for September 13. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that authorities will take all necessary steps for conducting the NEET-undergraduate exam amid the Covid-19 pandemic for admission in medical courses. “Sorry, we are not inclined to entertain,” the bench said.
The apex court had on September 4 dismissed petitions, including the one filed by ministers of six opposition-ruled states, seeking review of its August 17 order which had paved the way for holding NEET and JEE exams.
The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said that all arrangements have been made by the authorities to hold the exam. Now everything is closed, even review is dismissed, the bench said, adding that only NEET exam is left now and JEE is over.
Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for one of the petitioners, referred to the situation in Bihar and said, “Only two centres are made at Patna and Gaya. It should be postponed by few weeks.”
Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, who was appearing for one of the petitioners, said that people residing in containment zones are not allowed to come out of their house. “How can they give exams,” Tulsi said. Advocate Shoeb Alam, who appeared for another petitioner, said that his plea is against the advisory of National Testing Agency which conducts the exam.