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SC agrees to revisit NEET judgment

The Supreme Court has agreed to have a relook at its judgment scrapping the single common entrance test -- National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) - for admissions to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in all medical colleges. The verdict quashing NEET was delivered three months back by a three-judge bench headed by chief justice Altamas Kabir.

The apex court decided to grant oral hearing to the central government and various other petitioners, who had sought a review of its 18 July majority verdict quashing the notification for NEET on grounds that it violated the rights of private institutions to administer such institutions.

A bench headed by Justice H L Dattu issued notice to all private and minority medical colleges on whose plea the apex court had scrapped NEET. 'Application for oral hearing is granted. Issue notice,' the bench also comprising justices A R Dave and Vikramajit Sen said in its brief order. A review petition is normally decided in chamber proceedings without giving an opportunity to parties concerned to argue the case.

The view of the then CJI was shared by Justice Vikramjit Sen, while Justice A R Dave had dissented and upheld NEET, saying the policy was ‘legal’ as it would stop corrupt practice, which enabled undeserving students to get admissions by paying huge capitation fees or donations.
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