New Delhi: Supreme Court of India on Friday rejected the Opposition-ruled States plea to review the Apex Court’s August 17 order allowing to conduct the JEE-Main and NEET UG examinations in September.
“We don’t find any ground to review our order in the issue,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said in his order.
The order was passed after an in-chamber hearing today in the Apex Court.
“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,” said the bench also comprising Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari.
The review petition was filed on August 28 by cabinet ministers from six different states challenging the Supreme Court order allowing the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the JEE-Main and NEET-UG in the month of September, amid the COVID -19 pandemic.
The petitioners were West Bengal law minister Maloy Ghatak, Jharkhand finance minister Rameshwar Oraon, Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma, Chhattisgarh food minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Maharashtra education minister Uday R Samant.
The petitioners jointly filed the review petition seeking a direction for cancellation of NEET-UG and JEE-Main this year because of the pandemic. The review petition also sought a direction that the earlier order of the Apex Court dated August 17 be modified.