Petition Demands Quashing of NEET 2019 Results; Court directs NTA, MCI to Reply
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA) to file their response on a plea challenging the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses, NEET 2019 and seeking quashing of the results.
Honourable Justice Jayant Nath also asked the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Dental Council of India (DCI) and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to file their reply on the plea and listed the matter for hearing on July 4.
The NTA, the exam conducting body for NEET this year held the entrance exam throughout the country on 05 May 2019 and on 20 May, 2019 for Cyclone Fani hit Odisha and Karnataka candidates who couldn't appear for the examination on time due to the train delay. The results were declared on June 5th 2019.
The NTA had released the answer keys prior to the announcement of NEET 2019 results. However, petitions have been filed claiming answer keys to be inaccurate.
One of the petitions was filed by six students, who took coaching from the Career Toppers in Kolkata.
Ghosh, Founder-Director at Career Toppers, told the court that the NTA didn't identify and mark the correct options in the answer key issued by it for NEET 2019.
"Further, three questions had two correct options which was against the information memorandum issued by the NTA wherein it was mentioned that a single option will be correct out of four," read the plea.
The petitioners had marked the correct options in the answer sheets which didn't correspond to the answer key issued by the NTA. "Meaning thereby, if the stand of the petitioner that the answer key has wrong reflections for right options or more than one correct option, the entire process of selection and fixing the merit becomes unfair and leads to serious violation of legal as well as fundamental rights of the petitioner," the plea said.
The students said that they seriously felt that if the results were declared as per the correct answers and provisions (as per the answer key issued by the NTA), their ranks in the list would have improved substantially.
Therefore, the students requested the court to issue directions to quash the results of the NEET 2019.
They also requested the court to direct the NTA to declare the revised and corrected results as per the correct answers marked by them.
The petitioners further sought directions to the NTA to give them full marks in the erroneous questions.