Staying the Madras High Court interim order, the Supreme Court today paved way for declaration of the results of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), 2017 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.
A Vacation Bench of the Court comprising Justice P.C. Pant and Justice Deepak Gupta also directed the authorities to proceed with the counselling and admission process as per the schedule fixed by it earlier. The Court, however, made it clear that the results, as well as the admission procedure would be subject to its final decision.
The Bench went on to request all High Courts to not entertain Petitions in the matters relating to the examination. “High courts shouldn't have interfered as it affects the schedule of the admission,” it was quoted as saying.
The order came on a bunch of Petitions challenging an interim order passed on 24 May by Madurai Bench of Madras HC, which had stayed the release of the UG examination results. The stay was issued on Petitions filed by medical aspirants, who had alleged that the all India medical entrance examination did not have a uniform question paper. The students had further contended that the question papers were prepared at different levels of difficulty for different regions.
While granting the stay, the Court had noted that even though the allegations with regard to the difference in difficulty of question papers cannot be decided at this stage, it was apparent that the question papers issued in Tamil and English were not the same. This, it had said, was not in accordance with the amended Act, and had observed, “Thus, it is apparent that the level playing field for the candidates is not equal and prima facie it goes without saying that there is discrimination.”