The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing for July 18 a batch of petitions alleging paper leakage and malpractices in the NEET-UG 2024 exam, held on May 5.

A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra adjourned the hearing for next Thursday to enable the petitioners to file their responses to the affidavits filed by the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA) yesterday.

It noted in the order that some of the parties in the case haven’t received the affidavits filed by the Centre and NTA and they need to prepare their responses before arguments.

On July 11, the Central government filed an affidavit in the case denying any mass malpractice in the NEET-UG 2024 exam.
In the affidavit, the Centre said the data analytics done by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras shows that there is neither any indication of mass malpractice nor a localised set of candidates being benefitted leading to abnormal scores.
It also has said that counselling will be conducted in four rounds starting from the third week of July.

“For any candidate, if it is found that he/she has been the beneficiary of any malpractice, the candidature of such person would be cancelled at any stage during the counselling process or even afterwards,” stated the affidavit.

The NTA in its affidavit has stated that the video showing a photo of the NEET-UG exam paper leaked on Telegram on May 4 was fake.

“The timestamp was manipulated to create a false impression of an early leak,” it added.

It said that NTA has carried out an analysis of the distribution of marks of candidates in NEET-UG 2024 at the National, State and City level and also the Centre level.

“This analysis indicates that the distribution of marks is quite normal and there seems to be no extraneous factor, which would influence the distribution of marks,” it added.

The apex court was hearing a batch of pleas seeking direction to recall NEET-UG 2024 results and to conduct the examination afresh, alleging paper leakage and malpractices in the test held.

Aspirants had approached the top court and raised the issue of leakage of question paper, awarding compensatory marks and anomaly in the question of NEET-UG.

NEET-UG examination, conducted by NTA, is the pathway for admissions into MBBS, BDS and AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

The NEET-UG, 2024 was held across 4,750 centres on May 5 and around 24 lakh candidates appeared in it. (ANI)