Can't hold NEET results of 16L students: SC

'Can't hold results of 16L students': SC asks NTA to declare NEET results

The NEET Entrance Exam was conducted on September 12, for "16,14,777 candidates, involving 3,682 centres in 202 cities

Supreme Court. Credit: PTI File Photo

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the National Testing Agency to declare the results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate courses for the year 2021.

The top court stayed the Bombay High Court order which directed the authorities to conduct a re-examination of two candidates due to the mixing of answer sheets. 

The High Court had asked NTA not to declare results, after two aggrieved candidates had approached it claiming that their test booklets and OMR sheets got mixed up during the NEET exam held on September 12.

Taking up the NTA's appeal, a three-judge bench presided over by Justice L Nageswara Rao said, "We stay the High Court judgment. NTA can announce NEET-UG results."

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The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and B R Gavai, said that the issue raised by the two students can be examined but the results of 16 lakh students cannot be withheld due to that.

"We will decide what happens to the two students upon reopening. But we cannot hold the results of 16 lakh students," the bench said, fixing the matter for consideration after the Diwali break.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for central government, also said that any confusion with respect to the two students will be rectified but the results of other students cannot be withheld.

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