NEET ordinance: Supreme Court to hear challenge on 7 July

A Supreme Court bench presided by justice Anil R. Dave will hear on 7 July a legal challenge to an ordinance, which pushed back holding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) by a year.

The court was hearing a plea brought by health activist Anand Rai, known for exposing the Vyapam scam—an admission and recruitment scandal in Madhya Pradesh—against the Centre’s decision to promulgate the ordinance.

The petition that sought the quashing of the ordinance questioned the Centre’s inconclusive decision. The Centre had initially accepted the apex court’s order and later partially reversed it through the ordinance.

The Centre’s decision was in violation of Section 14 (right to equality) and Section 21 (right to life) in terms of its arbitrary character and with regards to the students who would suffer irreparably because of the constantly changing stand by the Centre, the petition stated.