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  • The petition was filed under Article 32 of the constitution in relation to the NEET-UG 2024 controversy, on June 13 the counsel for central government informed the Supreme Court that center government have decided to cancel that grace marks given to 1563 candidates, these candidates will be informed about their actual score (without grace marks) and will give them option of retest.
  • The matter was before the vacation bench comprising Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta, the counsel for government told the bench that the decision was taken by the NTA panel which concluded that it is appropriate to cancel the scorecards of 1563 candidates. 
  •  NTA Senior Advocate Naresh Kaushik on behalf of NTA informed the court that the retest will probably take place on June 23 and will be announced today. In order for the counseling session set for July 6 to begin, the retest results will be released prior to June 30.
  •  On  June 8, the NTA and the Union Education Ministry announced the formation of a four-person committee to examine the outcomes of more than 1,500 applicants who received “grace marks” in order to make up for the “loss of time” they experienced during their NEET-UG 2024 exam appearance.
  • Recommendations made by committee are as follow:
  1. The Score Cards of all affected (1563) candidates issued on 04.06.2024 will stand cancelled and thus withdrawn. The affected 1563 candidates will be informed of their actual Scores (without compensation), through their registered email IDs.
  2. A re-examination will be conducted for the affected candidates (1563). The directions of re-examination passed by Courts in individual cases will also be included by NTA.
  3. The result of those affected candidates (1563) who do not wish to appear for the re-examination, will be declared based on their actual marks (without compensation) obtained in the examination conducted on 05.05.2024.
  4.  The marks obtained by the candidates who will appear in the re-test will be considered and their marks based on examination on 05.05.2024 will be discarded.”

Court observed that the recommendations made by panel of NTA are fair reasonable and justified. 

Further observed that with respect to the other issues, the represented respondents will file their response within two weeks. Issue notice to the unrepresented respondents, returnable on 08th July, 2024.

Case nameAlakh Pandey v. National Testing Agency and Anr.

Name: Sushant Uniyal, BBA LL.B. (HONS.),College : Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal university, Intern under: Legal Vidhiya

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