New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test undergraduate exam (NEET-UG ) held on September 12, 2021, due to alleged paper leak and malpractices. 

"Instances of impersonation and paper leakage cannot be to the detriment to the lakhs of students who have appeared for the exam", the Supreme Court observed while dismissing the plea as reported by Bar and Bench.

A plea was filed in the court requesting that fresh exams be held in view of the alleged question paper leak in the NEET-UG exams held last month in September. The plea was represented by Advocate Ninad Dogra.

A Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai heard the petition which alleged that the papers were leaked on WhatsApp. The basis for the claim was that CBI has registered at least three FIRs wherein it was stated that there has been impersonation.

The bench criticized the petitioner for being 'adventurous' by filing the writ petition and warned that costs will be imposed.

Expressing the disinclination to entertain the petition Justice Rao said as quoted by Bar and Bench "What kind of writs are filed? Lakhs of people have taken these exams? When people come to you (lawyer), don't you say that these will be dismissed with cost? You argue, we'll deal with this at length and we'll deal with you specially."

He added, "We are not discounting the allegations. But how can 5 FIRs affect the exams taken by lakhs of students."

The bench initially proposed to dismiss the writ petition with Rs 5 lakhs costs, but later omitted the costs considering the counsel's request.

"The petitioner seeks setting aside the NEET UG Exam & direct NTA to conduct the exam afresh. The basis is that CBI has registered 3 FIR's wherein it has stated that there has been impersonation of the candidates. The Counsel submits that there have been reports in the press of NEET 2021 papers being leaked and the same was not conducted in fair & transparent manner. Instances of impersonation and paper leakage cannot be to the detriment to the lakhs of students who have appeared for the exam," the bench said while dismissing the petition.

Posted By: Sugandha Jha