Supreme Court rejects review petition filed by 6 states to postpone JEE and NEET 2020 exam
The Supreme Court has rejected the review petition to postpone JEE and NEET 2020 exam. The review plea was filed by ministers from West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh Punjab and Maharashtra through advocate Sunil Fernandes. The Supreme Court on August 17 has rejected a similar request by 11 students from 11 states.
These six states have requested the court to review its earlier order and asked to postpone the engineering (JEE Main) and medical (NEET) exams on account of the coronavirus crisis. The states had claimed that the top court order failed to secure students’ “right to life” and ignored “teething logistical difficulties” to be faced in conducting the exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, which considered the pleas in-chamber said that, there is no merit in the petition.
“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 court in its earlier order had refused to interfere with the medical and engineering entrance exams saying “life must go on” and “students can’t lose a precious year due to the pandemic”.
The NTA is currently conducting the JEE exam with all precautions for safety of the students. NEET 2020 will be held on September 13.