SC scraps pre-medical entrance test, orders fresh exam within 4 weeks

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New Delhi: Over 6.3 lakh students will haveto take fresh test as the Supreme Court today scrapped the AllIndia Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) 2015 and ordered re-conduct ofthe examination within four weeks.

A vacation bench of justices R K Agrawal and Amitava Roydirected the institutions involved in conduct of theexamination to render assistance to Central Board of SecondaryEducation (CBSE) in this endeavour within the stipulatedperiod decided by it.

"Petitions are allowed. CBSE to hold AIPMT 2015 examwithin four weeks," the bench said in its verdict.

The apex court directed the re-examination in view oflarge-scale cheating in the test with students getting answersin the examination hall at many places.

The court had reserved its order on June 12 on petitionsseeking re-conduct of AIPMT 2015 for alleged large-scaleirregularities in the exam which was held on May 3, saying theexamination stands vitiated even if one student is beingbenefited illegally.

It had said that CBSE could not be held guilty as such buttaking into consideration the past incidents, "CBSE ought tohave been cognisant of these things".

CBSE, represented by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, hadopposed the contentions seeking cancellation of the test,saying, "6.3 lakh students cannot be made to take the examafresh when only 44 students have been found involved intaking benefits through unfair means."

Earlier, the vacation bench had asked Haryana Police tofile a fresh report indicating the number of beneficiaries ofthe alleged irregularities in the pre-medical examination.

It had also asked police to identify as many candidates aspossible who had been benefited from the alleged leak.

CBSE was to declare the results of AIPMT, taken by oversix lakh students, on June 5.

The court had said, "The bigger issue is that the sanctityof the examination is under suspicion. We want to be doublysure that there is no alternative but to order re-conduct ofthe exam," adding that it did not want to take a decision "inhaste".

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