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NEET-UG 2024: Supreme Court postpones hearing till July 18 | India News

The NTA and the Government of India in their affidavits have opposed the cancellation of the NEET exam and claimed that there was no paper leak and malpractices in the conduct of the exam or the declaration of the result.

New Delhi: Students during a protest over the NEET-UG and UGC-NET exam issue, in New Delhi on Thursday, June 20, 2024. PTI photo

New Delhi: Suspense over the fate of the NEET-UG 2024 exam continues as the Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on a batch of petitions seeking suspension of the NEET-UG exam till July 18, 2024.

The adjournment comes after the bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud first adjourned it to Monday, July 15, then after a request by the Advocate General of India Tushar Mehta to get the case later, as he had some personal difficulties on July 15 and 16, and considering that Wednesday is a holiday due to Muharram, the hearing has been adjourned to July 18.

NTA, Center and CBI have filed their respective affidavits

On Wednesday, the National Testing Agency (NTA), Union of India and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had submitted their respective certificates regarding the NEET-UG exam.

There was no paper leak, malpractices in the conduct of exam or result declaration, Centre, NTA told apex court

The NTA and the Government of India in their affidavits have opposed the cancellation of the NEET exam and claimed that there was no paper leak and malpractices in the conduct of the exam or the declaration of the result.

The NTA, in its affidavit, has informed the court that it had asked the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to conduct a data analysis of the results to suggest whether there were any anomalies as shown by the results and whether the data analysis from the results shows any abnormal performance of students on a certain center or a certain city.

Data analysis suggests there are no outliers in test results or a center or city: NTA

The NTA on the basis of the IIT madras report says that data analysis indicates that there is no deviation in the exam results or any center or city and the results are in line with the national average, indicating that there were no irregularities in the exam.

The NTA also revealed the paper leak of the NEET-UG exam and said it had analyzed the video on the Telegram messaging app where the paper leak took place. The NTA has said the video is fudged and manipulated.

The CBI too submitted a status report before the court in a sealed envelope on the status of the investigation into the FIRs registered by the Bihar and Gujarat police on the allegation of irregularities in the conduct of the examination.

Earlier this week on Monday, the Supreme Court had made it clear that it was not inclined to cancel the exam, unless it was shown that there was a breach at the system level, the breach affected the integrity of the exam and that it was not possible to separate the dirty students from the dirty ones.

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