MBBS aspirant alleges tampering of NEET OMR sheets on NTA site: Madras HC order CB-CID inquiry
Chennai: The Madras High Court has directed the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) to initiate a primary investigation into the allegations of tampering of NEET OMR sheets made by an MBBS aspirant who submitted that the National Testing Agency (NTA) displayed two different scores of his NEET exam.
The petitioner alleged that he appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and his initial marks were 594 out of 720 as displayed on the NTA's website and the score remained the same from October 5 to 16, 2020. However, his marks suddenly reduced to 248 on October 17th.
The order came after the candidate was able to show the court screenshots to back up his claim that two different OMR sheets were uploaded online in his name by the NTA.
It is made clear that if an investigation is ordered and the investigation reveals that any manipulation has been committed by the petitioner, not only the petitioner, but his parents will also be held responsible and have to face the legal consequences. Needless to state that the petitioner can neither take any advantage on the admission obtained in the college, which was made pursuant to the order of this Court, nor can claim any refund of the fee paid at the time of admission. He is also liable to pay the discontinued fee
No doubt, the respondents (NTA, The Directorate of Medical Education, The Medical Counselling Committee) are doing an excellent job, which no body could find fault with and therefore, their reputation matters. But, on this ground alone, the case of the petitioner could not be thrown out. In fact, the individual's reputation is also on the hang. Therefore, when it comes to maintaining the reputation, this Court has to balance it, be it the Institution's reputation or the Individual's reputation. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the balance would tilt.
The DGP, CB-CID shall constitute a special team of experts from the Cyber Investigation Wing attached to the CB-CID to conduct a preliminary enquiry on this issue without registering a criminal case and to report. The CB-CID may avail the services of the experts, from the Cyber Crime Investigation Wing, of the higher ranks also andshall monitor the investigation to ensure the investigation is proceeding in a fair and transparent manner. The Investigation Team shall file their report within a period of three months from the date of receipt of copy of this order.
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