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CBI Registers FIR for Alleged Irregularities in NEET-UG Exam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an official complaint regarding alleged discrepancies in the administration of the NEET-UG medical entrance exam, which took place on May 5. This action follows the Centre’s announcement that the CBI would take over the investigation into the alleged irregularities in the test. According to PTI, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is also taking steps to consolidate cases registered by police in various states under its authority. The CBI’s new case, filed against unnamed individuals, includes charges under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), among other offenses, following a referral from the Union Ministry of Education.

In response to the ongoing NEET controversy, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan assured students that appropriate measures would be taken against those responsible for any irregularities. He announced that a high-level committee, consisting of technocrats, scientists, education admirers, academicians, and psychologists, would be formed to improve the operations of the NTA. Pradhan emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing the issue thoroughly, stating, “I want to assure everyone that once we have concrete proof, actions will be taken against those who are responsible for the irregularities, be it the NTA or any other official. The government is forming a high-level committee.”

Over 24 lakh students participated in the NEET-UG exam, which was held at 4,750 locations across 571 cities, including 14 international cities. Following demands from students protesting in multiple locations for an inquiry into alleged errors in the exam’s administration, the ministry handed over the case to the CBI. A senior education ministry official explained that “certain cases of alleged irregularities, cheating, impersonation, and malpractice have been reported in NEET-UG conducted on May 5. For transparency in the conduct of the examination process, it was decided after a review that the matter be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a comprehensive investigation.” This move aims to ensure transparency and accountability in the examination process.

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Author:- Apoorva Arora

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