Supreme Court declined to stay Centre’s NEET Ordinance

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New Delhi: On Friday the Supreme Court declined to stay the recently-promulgated Center’s ordinance on NEET, exempting Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab during the current year from the ambit of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for medical admission in MBBS and BDS courses. The petition was filed by Anand Rai a social activist in order to challenge the validity of ordinance which allows states to conduct their own medical entrance exam this year.  Vivek Tankha the senior advocate for the petitioner pleaded for immediate stay on the ordinance.

The Apex court denied urgent hearing and asked to list the matter when the court opens after summer vacation. “Let the matter come up for hearing after the (summer) vacation,”. Moreover, Mukul Rohatgi AG,appeared for centre told that there was no urgent neeed of intervention at this stage. The vacation bench of Justice Prafulla C Pant and Justice DY Chandrachud, while considering the issue refused to pass any interim order, said that anything at this stage would make further confusion. “Let us not create further confusion on medical entrance test and let there be some certainty for the students. Moreover, this (ordinance) is there for one year only,”

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In the mean time, on Friday, Sankalp Charitable Trust( NGO, which had prior moved the supreme court in backing of NEET, likewise filed a fresh plea challenging the ordinance.  Advocate Amit Kumar, representing the NGO, said in the plea that the ordinance is “illegal” as it is inconsistent with the fundamental rights.

Adv. Mikky Sudhakaran

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