Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 28
Cabinet ministers from six non-BJP dominated states on Friday filed a petition within the Supreme Court searching for assessment of its determination giving the go-ahead to JEE-NEET examinations.
The six ministers from Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand have sought postponement of JEE-NEET exams scheduled for subsequent month.
They have filed the petition of their particular person capability, their counsel Sunil Fernandes stated.
The petitioners are — Balbir Singh Sidhu (Punjab), Moloy Ghatak (West Bengal), Rameshwar Oraon (Jharkhand), Raghu Sharma (Rajasthan), Amarjeet Bhagat (Chhattisgarh) and Uday Ravindra Saman (Maharashtra).
They requested the highest court docket to rethink its August 17 determination on conducting JEE-NEET examinations.
The Supreme Court had on August 17 rejected a petition searching for to postpone JEE (Main) and NEET-Undergraduate exams scheduled to be held in September, saying a treasured 12 months of scholars “can’t be wasted”.
“Life has to go on… Life has to move ahead. A precious year of students cannot be wasted,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra had stated, including that college students’ careers “cannot be put under jeopardy for long”.
As per the general public notices issued by National Testing Agency (NTA) — which conducts the checks, JEE (Main) April 2020 is scheduled to be held from September 1 to six, whereas NEET-UG 2020 examination is scheduled for September 13.
The order paved the way in which for conducting these much-awaited examinations subsequent month.
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta had assured the Bench that due precautions and safeguards can be taken whereas conducting these examinations.
A gaggle of 11 college students from 11 states had moved the highest court docket searching for quashing of the July three notices issued by NTA for conducting JEE (Main) April 2020 and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-Undergraduate examinations in September. They needed the examinations to be rescheduled as a consequence of COVID.
Referring to the pandemic, petitioners’ advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had urged the court docket to direct the authorities to conduct the checks after normalcy was restored.
“Conducting the aforesaid examinations across India at such perilous time is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let COVID-19 crisis subside and then only conduct these exams, in order to save lives of the students and their parents,” the plea had stated.