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Supreme court: Mop Up rounds not for students who surrendered state quota seats in NEET-PG 2021

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The Supreme Court on Thursday, rejected a plea by students of the who had resigned from the seats allotted in the Round-2 of State Quota Counselling, seeking permission to attend the Mop-Up rounds in the NEET-PG 2021.

The Court however has permitted such students to rejoin the State seats from which they initially resigned by 9th of April before 5pm in Maharashtra and Gujarat state quotas.

The petition says that the restriction in the March 31 order of the Supreme Court for State Quota candidates to join Mop-Up round apply only to those candidates who were holding State Quota seats as on 31.3.2022, and not to those who had resigned/cancelled/surrendered the State Quota Round 2 seat prior to 31.3.2022 in compliance to the notice issued by the Medical Counselling Committee on 16.03.2022.

The bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud had cancelled the Mop-Up Rounds on March 31, 2022 and directed holding of a Special Round of Counseling for the 146 seats, allowing students who have joined the AIQ or the State Quota in Round 2 to participate in this round 2.

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The Advocate who stood for Maharashtra students and Advocate Shivendra Singh(Gujarat Students) argued that students  who surrendered the state quota seats as per the MCC circular should be considered differently. The candidates submitted that they should not be made to suffer for acting as per the MCC’s circular

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati submitted that allowing the petitioners’ prayer are answered this way than the entire counselling process shall be disrupted.The ASG also said that a review of the March 31 order, is impermissible.

The bench agrees that there cannot be an absolute fool proof mechanism and now there is a need to have “finality to the process” The bench also said that a “domino effect”, can be created if petitioners prayers are answered as there will be other candidates, who might then come up with other demands.

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