Supreme Court lashes out at Centre Government for NEET Ordinance

The Supreme Court on Thursday censured the Central Government for promulgating the NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) ordinance which had allowed the State Governments’ to conduct their own entrance test for admission to undergraduate courses in MBBS and BDS for the session 2016-17.

A three-judge bench, comprising Justices Anil R Dave, Shivakirti Singh and Adarsh Kumar Goel refused to stay the ordinance stating that this would affect lakhs of students.

The apex court expressed its disapproval over the manner in which the Government had hastily drawn up the ordinance.

The Apex court chose not to intervene since it will further mess up the matter.

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In a plea challenging the NEET ordinance, Justice Dave expressed concern over the plight of the students and stated that further intervention would create more chaos among the students.

The bench stated in a written order that the validity of the ordinance is open to doubt since its first appearance and the Court would not grant an interim relief since 50% of the candidates have already appeared in the State Exams.

NGO Sankalp had challenged the NEET ordinance which had been promulgated by the Central Government to circumvent the Court’s May 9 judgement which directed that NEET conducted by CBSE would be valid throughout the country from the session 2016-17.

The ordinance overturned the Court’s order by allowing the States to conduct their own entrance exams for admission to undergraduate medical courses and clarifying that NEET would not be binding on the States for the academic session 2016-17.

Appearing from the NGO’s side, senior advocate Amarender Sharan argued that the ordinance has deferred the Supreme Court’s order of conducting the NEET exam by a year.

He further argued that no one had the right to intervene with the Court’s order.

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