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NGO Files Review Petition Against NEET Decision

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NGO Files Petition For Review of NEET Verdict in Supreme CourtAn NGO on Monday filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking review of its decision to quash the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a nationwide single window exam for filling MBBS, BDS and PG medical seats in both government and private medical colleges.

NEET was quashed on July 18 by a three-judge Supreme Court bench by two-to-one majority, while questioning mandate of Medical Council of India (MCI) to impose such a nationwide examination. The Supreme Court had held that MCI had overstepped its authority of only prescribing standards of medical education and introduction of NEET by it violated the rights of State owned and private medical institutions.

The plea filed by the NGO, “Sankalp” through lawyer Prashant Bhushan says that the verdict needs to be re-looked as in the very second para of the judgement says “no discussion at all among the judges before delivering it, which is apparent from the minority judgement itself”. The plea also cites “rampant corruption in absence of entrance exam like NEET” as another important ground for re-looking into the verdict.

The judgement quashing the NEET was delivered by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir (now retired) on July 18, by 2-1 division.  The view of the then CJI was shared by Justice Vikramjit Sen, while Justice A R Dave had dissented and upheld the NEET saying the policy was “legal” as it would stop corrupt practice which enabled undeserving students to get admissions by paying huge capitation fees or donations.

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