Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking fresh registration for NRI quota NEET candidates
New Delhi: Taking note of the fact that the petitioners had not challenged the provisions of the Information Bulletin mentioning that the vacant NRI seats would be converted to unreserved seats, the Supreme Court has dismissed the plea seeking time for fresh registration of NRI candidates before the mop-up round of NEET counselling.While dismissing the plea, the top court bench comprising...
New Delhi: Taking note of the fact that the petitioners had not challenged the provisions of the Information Bulletin mentioning that the vacant NRI seats would be converted to unreserved seats, the Supreme Court has dismissed the plea seeking time for fresh registration of NRI candidates before the mop-up round of NEET counselling.
While dismissing the plea, the top court bench comprising of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Bela M Trivedi noted, "Since the appellants have not challenged the provisions of the Information Bulletin which stipulate that the vacant NRI seats shall be converted to unreserved seats during the mop-up round, we cannot decide on the legality of such a conversion of seats. The 4 appellants who had registered their options for NRI seats had not exercised their options with respect to any of the vacant 45 NRI seats."
"The respondents merely complied with the provisions of the Information Bulletin which is not in challenge before us in the present proceedings. The respondent association had only sought an extension of time for submission of documents by candidates seeking to apply for the NRI quota seats. The representation was rejected by CEE since sufficient time and extension had been given for the submission of the documents. The appellants have not contended that the rejection of the representation was malafide or arbitrary," it further added.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that some NRI students had recently approached the Supreme Court seeking time for fresh registration before the mop-up round of NEET counselling. Apart from issuing notice in the matter, the top court had also directed the State of Kerala to inform the court about the unfilled vacant seats after the mop-up round.
The top court had issued notice in the matter and directed the State of Kerala to inform the court about the unfilled vacant seats after the mop up round and carry out a fresh verification regarding the status of the NRI MBBS candidates and submit the report before the court.
Following this, the counsel for the State of Kerala, Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta informed the bench about three categories in which the students were divided. He submitted that at the Mop Up round, 4 candidates who had applied for the Mop Up Round of counselling were required to indicate the category for which they were applying.
After taking note of the submissions, the top court bench had reserved its order on May 5, 2022. The main dispute of the case was regarding the question whether the seats reserved for the NRI quota in private medical colleges in the State of Kerala can be transferred to the unreserved category.
The top court bench took note of the Status Report filed by the State of Kerala last year, and Clause2 of the prospectus. As per Clause 2.2 , the categorization of seats in self-financing colleges run by institutions under Government control and other private self-financing colleges was to be notified separately. Further the bench also referred to Clause 4.1.4 of the Prospectus defining Special Reservation, Clause 5.2 providing a list of special category reservations , Clause 4.1.5 which stipulates the breakup of reservation and other relevant clauses.
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