New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Friday dismissed petitions for the assessment of its August 17 order to reject pleas for the postponement of NEET-JEE exams slated to be held in September in opposition to the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari stated: “Applications seeking permission to file the review petitions are allowed. We have carefully gone through the review petitions and the connected papers. We find no merit in the review petitions and the same are accordingly dismissed.”
The assessment pleas had been filed by six Ministers of opposition-ruled West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
The petitioners contended that they’d moved the courtroom to “secure the safety, security, and right to life of the students appearing in NEET/JEE exams”.
The petitioners argued that the highest courtroom had ignored logistical difficulties in conducting the examinations on the mounted dates.
“Failed to balance the competing but equally important aspects of conducting the examinations and securing the safety of the students. Failed to ensure that mandatory safeguards are put in place during the conduct of the examinations,” stated the petitioners whereas difficult the August 17 order.
“The advice of ‘life must go on’ may have very sound philosophical underpinnings but cannot be a substitute for valid legal reasoning and logical analysis of the various aspects involved in the conduct of the NEET UG and JEE exams,” the petitioners argued.
They stated the apex courtroom failed to understand that the Centre had sufficient time to determine at the very least one centre for each district for NEET (UG) and JEE (Mains) moderately than having a number of centres in a single district.
“Having at least one centre per district would have minimised the inter-district, long travel of students and thereby reduced the chances of Covid-19 spread,” they argued.
The petitioners contended that if the August 17 order was not reviewed, grave and irreparable hurt and damage would befall the scholar neighborhood of the nation and impression the well being, welfare and security of the candidates showing for the NEET/JEE examinations.
The petitioners had been West Bengal Labour and Legislation Minister Moloy Ghatak, Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon, Rajasthan Well being and Household Welfare Minister Raghu Sharma, Chhattisgarh Meals and Civil Provides Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Punjab Well being and Household Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Maharashtra Larger and Technical Training Minister Uday Ravindra Samant.
“With regards to the second reason of losing a year, it is most respectfully submitted that this would tantamount to putting the cart before the horse, as the submissions hereinabove have revealed. The review petitioners too do not desire for the students to lose an academic year, but wish to balance their health, safety, and security and that of their family with no loss of the current academic year,” stated the petitioners.
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