SC to take up on Friday plea by ministers from 6 non-BJP dominated states to postpone JEE, NEET

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3

The Supreme Court will on Friday take up a petition filed by six Cabinet ministers from six non-BJP dominated states in search of evaluate of its August 17 determination giving a go forward to JEE-NEET examinations. 

The petitioner ministers need the highest court docket to rethink its determination declining to postpone NEET-UG and JEE (Mains) examinations amid COVID19 pandemic.

The August 17 verdict was delivered by a Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra who demitted workplace on Wednesday.

Now, the matter will probably be heard by a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari.

Review petitions should not heard in open court docket and are handled below a process referred to as “hearing by circulation” the place attorneys should not current. But the Bench can determine to take it up in an open court docket.

The six ministers from Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand have sought postponement of JEE-NEET exams.

They have filed the petition of their particular person capability, their counsel Sunil Fernandes mentioned.

The petitioners are — Balbir Singh Sidhu (Punjab), Moloy Ghatak (West Bengal), Dr Rameshwar Oraon (Jharkhand), Dr Raghu Sharma (Rajasthan), Amarjeet Bhagat (Chhattisgarh), Uday Ravindra Saman (Maharashtra).

As per the general public notices issued by National Testing Agency (NTA) — which conducts the assessments, JEE (Main) April 2020 is scheduled from September 1 to six, whereas NEET-UG 2020 examination is scheduled for September 13.

The petitioners have requested the highest court docket to rethink its August 17 determination on conducting JEE-NEET examinations, highlighting the truth that 25 lakh college students will cumulatively seem for the 2 exams at a time when COVID19 instances have crossed 3.31 million. 

They mentioned the choice didn’t steadiness the competing however equally essential facets of conducting the exams and security of scholars  i.e. their proper to life as obligatory safeguards had not been ensured through the assessments.

The Supreme Court had on August 17 rejected a petition in search of to postpone JEE (Main) and NEET-Undergraduate exams scheduled to be held in September, saying a valuable yr 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 mentioned, including college students’ profession “cannot be put under jeopardy for long”.

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