New Delhi: With the AIIMS result announcement around the corner (June 18), the Delhi High Court has sought the stance being taken by the centre, Unique Identification Authority of India and AIIMS on a petition filed by an aspiring medical student seeking quashing of this year’s AIIMS entrance examination, lamenting how he was not allowed to appear for the entrance exam, due to the QR Code on his Aadhar Card not catching the eye of the scanning machine at the examination centre in Karnataka
While moving court, the aspirant narrated how he was refused entry to the examination centre in Gulbarga, Karnataka on May 25 with the mandatory admit card, photographs and his original Aadhaar card,being on his person. To his utter surprise when he produced the Aadhar card for verification at examination centre entrance, the staff verifying documentation informed him the scan was not registering the QR Code therefore, creating a doubt about the validity of the Aadhaar card. The boy was not allowed to sit for the exam and told the court that he missed the chance for which he had laboured for the past 2 years.
In his petition, the aspirant stated he wrote to the Controller of examination, but his plea fell on deaf ears and he missed a hard found opportunity due to administrative mishandling of those conducting the test and the verification.
The Counsels arguing on Bishnoi’s part also contended that the admit card was only issued to the applicant after he had provided all his details including the Aadhar number in his online application.
His counsel also told the court that QR code of the Aadhar ID card was being identified at the test centre through a mobile application. The lawyer further argued Section 4(3) and 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 made the physical availability of the card on an individual’s person was sufficient proof of identity and the person carrying it could not be denied benefits being sought on its behalf merely on the basis of failure in authentication.
The counsel described it as mismanagement on part of AIIMS authorities present at the verification point.
The legal aids of the petitioner have urged the court to quash the AIIMS Entrance Examination – 2018 and direct a fresh examination to be conducted within a reasonable period while also seeking a stay on the publication of final result cum merit list till the disposal of this Petition. The counsel’s submission was that grave injustice would be caused to the petitioner if exam results were announced without him being provided with another opportunity. The matter has been put up for hearing on June 8.