The Supreme Court of India on Monday issued a notice to the central government and the CBSE seeking their response on pleas that demanded re-conduct of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) 2015-16.
A vacation bench comprising justice UU Lalit and Justice A K Sirki also asked the Medical Council of India and the state of Haryana, where the irregularities were detected, to submit their response on the issue.
One of the petitions, filed by Tanvi Sarwal through renowned lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said that investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team of Haryana revealed how the accused gang that leaked answer keys was operating in other multiple states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The petitioner argued that the examination conducted on May 3, 2015 remained vitiated in the awake of the police probe carried out in multiple states. This essentially means that the irregularities detected in Haryana had, in fact, spread out to other states as well.
“Issue appropriate writ directing the respondent no 1 (CBSE) to forthwith re-conduct the AIPMT examination 2015-16 in order to meet time schedule as provided in the regulations on Graduate Medical Education, framed by the MCI under the Indian Medical Council Act,” the petition read.
“The police, investigating the case, has suggested cancellation of the examination in the interests of justice to the genuine candidates. This is because it has so far been found in the probe that the gang was operative in different states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan,” it said.
“Any delay in conducting the re-examination will frustrate the schedule resulting in either delay in commencement of academic session for 2015-16 or reduction in seats reserved for all India quota,” further adding that the delay would not only jeopardize the future of the affected candidates, but will also leave an adverse effect on the quality of medical education in India.