The plea has sought the apex court to direct the National Testing Agency (NTA) to issue a further date when the students, who missed the examinations, can appear.
Shashwat Anand, a lawyer, has asked the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognizance of the report of a student who could not give the examination as he was late by 10 minutes.
Santosh Kumar Yadav, a resident of Bihar’s Darbhanga, missed the NEET as he was 10 minutes late in reaching the examination centre in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area last Sunday.
It may be noted that for many students, 2020 was also the last year to attempt for the JEE Main or NEET 2020 examination. The plea seeks recourse for students who have been impacted. JEE Main 2020 was conducted from September 1 to September 6 and the result of the same has also been released. Meanwhile, NEET 2020 was conducted on September 13. Results are awaited for the undergraduate medical/ dental entrance examination
The plea urges the SC to direct NTA to conduct re-exams. It also seeks the various state governments to arrange for the transportation facilities for the students who would be appearing in these exams conducted by NTA this time.
As per the plea, it has been asked, “ Issue a writ, order or direction, in the exercise of its inherent and plenary powers under Article 142 issuing/ laying down guidelines or directions for the students who miss out on exams like NEET, IIT, JEE etc owing to some of the other sufficient cause, to allow and facilitate the same to appear in such exams on further dates as may be notified by the respondents, inter alia, providing accommodations, food and water, transportation etc.”
Various states, ruled by the opposition parties, had earlier requested the central government to postpone the JEE Main and
NEET considering the grim Covid-19 situation in the country.
Several states of the country had also moved the top court seeking a reconsideration of its own order, which had allowed the holding of the twin examinations.
Citing the top court order, the central government had clearly stated it was in no mood to postpone the examinations.