NEW DELHI, Aug 28 - Ministers of six Opposition-ruled States moved the Supreme Court on Friday against its order allowing holding of NEET and JEE exams physically, saying it failed to secure students� �right to life� and ignored �teething logistical difficulties� to be faced in conducting them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The apex court�s August 17 order allowing the exams has become a political battle as the ministers from six States � ruled by parties like Congress, TMC, JMM, NCP and Shiv Sena � sought postponement of the exams �in a manner that achieves the twin objectives of ensuring that the academic year of the students is not wasted and their health and safety is not compromised�.
The review plea has been filed by ministers from West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (BS Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant).
The plea, filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, said the apex court order fails to satisfy the safety and security concerns of students who have to appear for the exams.
The top court had refused to interfere with the conduct of the medical and engineering entrance exams, saying that life must go on and students can�t lose a precious year due to the pandemic.
The National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts both the exams, has decided to hold NEET on September 13 and JEE Main exams for entrance to under-graduate Engineering Colleges and Institutes from September 1 to 6.
The apex court had dismissed a plea by one Sayantan Biswas and others seeking direction to NTA to postpone them after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured that all safeguards would be taken.
Terming the decision to conduct exam as irrational, the plea said that the top court failed to appreciate that the Union government had adequate time to establish at least one centre for every district for NEET (UG) and JEE (Mains) rather than having several centres in one district. The petition said mere fact that lakhs of students have registered for the exam is not indicative of their consent or their willingness or their desire to attend physical exams. � PTI