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Supreme Court dismisses plea for the postponement of NEET 2022 exam

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The plea for postponement of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) post graduate (PG) exam 2022, which is scheduled to be held on May 21 has been dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday

Bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant opined that  they cannot issue a direction to postpone examination as lakhs of candidates have registered and prepared for NEET.

“NEET PG will take place on May 21. How can we postpone this? Just to avoid some element of hardship to your client, should we cause hardship to all other candidates who are ready? How can we?” the Bench asked.

After hearing all the parties the decision was taken by the court. The court in its order said that there is a large body of students and needs of patient care can also not be ignored.

The court further mentioned that postponement of examination will lead to chaos and uncertainty.

Court in its decision said that
any delay in conducting exam will lead to fewer number of resident doctors in hospitals.

“This plea cannot be entertained since it will seriously impact availability of medical care and have cascading impact on patient care and affect the doctors who have already registered. These are matters of policy domain unless proven that it is without application of mind or manifestly arbitrary.

The interest of patient care will remain paramount in these conflicting interests. Thus, this petition cannot be entertained and is thus dismissed,” the Court ordered.

The case had come up before the Apex court for seeking postponement of NEET 2022 examination in wake of delay in the NEET 2021 counselling which would clash with the NEET 2022 PG exam

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