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Six States File Review Petition At Supreme Court, Demand JEE Main Postponement

Last updated on August 29th, 2020 at 04:40 pm

In a recent development, six states from non-BJP ruling governments have filed a review plea at the Supreme Court, demanding further postponement of JEE Main and NEET exam.

Both the exams are scheduled for September 2020, with less than 3 days remaining for JEE Main 2020. The JEE Main 2020 Admit Cards have also been released by NTA.

  • Six states that have filed the petition are – West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
  • All the six states are governed by opposition to the central government.
  • The review plea has been filed against the decision taken by Supreme Court of Rejecting PIL on Postponement of the exam.
  • The states have filed the plea demanding cancellation of exams by the apex court as the health and safety of students is at risk as well as the steps involved in conducting the test are less secure.

Congress, TMC, JMM, and Shiv Sena, announced on Friday that the ministers from each state have moved to SC asking for postponement of the JEE Main and NEET exams. The signatories in the petition are – Maloy Ghatak (West Bengal), Dr Raghu Sharma (Rajasthan), Amarjeet Bhagat (Chattisgarh), Rameshwar Oraon (Jharkhand), Uday R Samant (Maharashtra) and Balbir Singh Sidhu (Punjab).

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Congress Spokesperson, Abhishek Sanghvi, in an online press conference had clarified that the petition is different from other petitions filed previously. It asks for postponement on other grounds.

Derek O’Brien of Trinamool Congress also said that holding JEE Main or NEET in September can risk the lives of students, their parents and the staff and so many families involved in conducting the exams.

However, Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has cleared his stand on conducting these exams. It is now in the hands of the Supreme Court whether the exams will be conducted or not.


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