Supreme Court dismisses review petition filed by six states on NEET, JEE [4.9.2020]

Dated : 4.9.2020 (New Delhi)

The Supreme Court, on Friday, dismissed a review petition filed by six opposition ruled state governments against an order of the Supreme Court dated August 17 vide which it had allowed the Centre to hold the National Eligibility cum Entrance test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in September.

Cabinet Ministers of six states had sought a review. The States are: West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.

A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, , on August 17, had dismissed pleas seeking deferment of JEE Main 2020 and NEET UG examinations which are slated to be held in September.

Pursuant to the August 17 order of the Apex Court, the National Testing Agency (NTA)- earlier this week- notified that the said entrance examination would be conducted as per the revised schedule with the NEET on September 13 and the JEE on September 16.

The review petitions stated that the Supreme Court’s judgment and the NTA’s decision to conduct the said exams, in the midst of the pandemic, is "flawed".

The petitioners had contended that the said decision fails to ensure the safety, security and right to life of the student candidates appearing for the said exams.

04 Sep 2020