New Delhi (ILNS): The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has issued notice to the Centre and the National Testing Agency on a petition filed by a National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirant alleging discrepancies in the test assessment system after she scored zero in the exam.
A divisional bench of Justices A. S. Chandurkar and N. B. Suryawanshi passed the order while hearing a Petition filed by student, named Vasundhara through Advocate Ashwin Deshpande. The petition sought direction from the court to produce her NEET Optical Marking Recognition (OMR) sheet and to get it manually evaluated.
Counsel for the petitioner has stated that:”After having scored 81.85% in her HSC exams, the student was expecting to score at least 600 in her NEET exam. The first problem was that the NTA never uploaded her OMR sheet and then, her result shows she has scored zero out of 720. There is definitely a glitch in their online evaluation system.”
The petitioner further contended that her OMR sheet was not uploaded, although she made a representation on October 16, to the NTA, which is permissible for under clause 15.4 of the Information Bulletin, but she did not receive a reply from them till date.
The High Court while citing the judgment of the Supreme Court in Ran Vijay Singh & ors v. State of Uttar Pradesh & Others noted that: “We are conscious of the scope available for interference in matters of the present nature. The law in this regard can be referred to as laid down in Ran Vijay Singh and others Vs. State of Uttar Pradesh and others (2018) 2 SCC 357 and especially paragraph 30 thereof. Prima facie, considering the fact that the petitioner has been awarded zero marks a response from the respondents is called for.”
The court has also asked NTA to clarify whether the petitioner’s OMR sheet was uploaded in the first place or not.
The Bench has issued notice to the National Testing Agency and Union Ministries of Health and Human Resource Development, listing the matter on October 26 for final disposal.