Published: 11th December 2020
NEET OMR issue: Delhi HC to hear a plea that seeks original OMR copies by the NTA
The petition also seeks to quash a notification by the NTA that charges Rs 1,000 for every question challenged by the students
The Delhi High Court on Friday will hear a petition by 14 students, who had alleged discrepancies and manipulation in their NEET OMR sheets. The petition filed by advocate Tanvi Dubey asks the National Testing Agency to provide the original copies of the students' OMR sheets.
On December 3, the Supreme Court had asked the NTA to consider producing the original OMR sheets of these students if a representation is made. The NTA had released the OMR sheets of the students who wrote NEET, on their website, in the first week of October. Since then, a lot of students and parents had come forward alleging discrepancies in their OMR sheets.
The petition also seeks to quash a notification by the NTA that charges Rs 1,000 for every question challenged by the students. A petitioner had paid Rs 91,000, challenging 91 of his daughter's questions in an allegedly manipulated OMR sheet. The petition also seeks a refund of his money.
"In view of the urgency of the situation, it is extremely important to provide the original OMR in a time-bound manner (file a status report on an urgent basis). The current stage of the counseling process– Mop-Up round going from December 12 to December 14," the petition reads.
The petition in the Supreme Court had also sought the constitution of "a high-power committee to examine the complaints regarding the tampering of the OMR sheets of the Petitioners, so as to ensure transparency in the basis of the evaluation process". It also sought the quashing of the NEET 2020 results. Recently, the Madras High Court had also ordered a probe into this issue.