TED News Desk, New Delhi: A judicial bench including Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah, and R Subhash Reddy declined three last-minute petitions pleading to defer the NEET exam date. The exam is scheduled to take place on September 13th.
The medical entrance exam, the judges said, will happen as scheduled. Justice Bhushan said, “Everything is over now. The review has also been dismissed. JEE is also over. How can we consider the petition now?”.
Justice Shah added that it would be unfair to postpone the exam now. He said that all the preparations have been completed and everything is set for the exam of 13th.
In reply, the advocates who represented the students pleaded that many students can’t come out of containment zones due to the sudden increase in COVID cases. They pointed out that in states such as Bihar that have only a couple of examination centres would prove impossible to attend with no functional trains.
They also pleaded to allow to sit for the NEET exam a second time. The Supreme Court already dismissed a petition to defer the NEET and JEE exams before the plea. Besides, another petition filed pleading to review their dismissal was also dismissed. Consequently, the JEE examination took place between September 1st to 6th.