SC to hear plea for quashing NEET ordinance

SC to hear plea for quashing NEET ordinance

SC to hear plea for quashing NEET ordinance

The Supreme Court would hear on July 7 a plea for quashing the ordinance granting exemption to states from uniform single examination for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in 2016-17.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud posted the petitions filed by Indore-based doctor Anand Rai and NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust for consideration before a bench presided over by Justice Anil R Dave.

The court passed its order as the bench presided over by Justice Dave had on May 9 approved the single medical entrance test National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) only for this academic year for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.

However, following opposition by states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and others, the Centre had on May 24 brought in the ordinance allowing the states to conduct their common entrance test for admission to government colleges.

All private medical colleges were told to admit candidates on the basis of NEET only. The NEET I was held on May 1 and phase II is scheduled for July 24.

Challenging the Ordinance, Rai, in his petition, contended that the government was not competent to nullify the judicial order.

 NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust, which had earlier moved the apex court in support of NEET, filed a fresh plea, saying the Ordinance was “illegal” for being inconsistent with the fundamental rights.

“The impugned ordinance is clearly interfering with the order of this court and is nothing but transgression by the Executive on the exercise of judicial functions of this court,” the petition, filed by advocate Amit Kumar, said.

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