The Bombay High Court has allowed a girl to reappear for the NEET-UG exam which is to be held especially for Manipur students after considering the medical ground of dislocation of her wrist joint.

A Vacation Bench comprising Justice Manish Pitale and Justice Neela Gokhale directed, “… the Petitioner shall be permitted to appear for NEET-UG 2023 examination along with the students from the State of Manipur at a Center at Bangalore city. The Respondents No.1 and 2 shall take appropriate steps to facilitate the Petitioner in taking the said examination. The Petitioner shall file an undertaking within a week from today that she shall not rely upon the attempt she had given on 7th May 2023 for the NEET-UG 2023 examination. It is clarified that the Petitioner shall appear for the said examination, subject to further orders in the present Petition and that she shall not claim any equity in that regard.”

The Bench further clarified that the result of the petitioner shall be declared only upon an express order passed by the court in that regard.

Advocates M.V. Thorat and Amar Bodke appeared for the petitioner while Advocates Shehnaz V Bharucha, Rui Rodigues, and A. A. Ansari appeared for the respondents.

In this case, the grievance of the petitioner was that when the NEET-UG 2023 examination was held on May 7, 2023, she appeared at the center and unfortunately, due to a mishap and rush in the queue, she fell on the ground landing on her right wrist resulting in dislocation of the wrist joint. She was rushed to a nursing home and upon X-ray being conducted, a medical certificate was issued stating that she had indeed suffered dislocation.

The process of arranging a scribe for the petitioner took some time and eventually, the petitioner started the exam paper at about 3:40 p.m. instead of 2:00 p.m. due to which she could not get the entire time period of 3 hours and 20 minutes to complete the paper. The counsel for the petitioner submitted before the Court that due to the sudden outbreak of violence, the said exam for students from Manipur is to be held separately and hence the petitioner can be permitted to appear for the same afresh.

The High Court in the above regard noted, “Considering the positive approach adopted by Respondents No.1 and 2, it would be appropriate that the Petitioner is permitted to appear for the NEET-UG 2023 examination from a Center available for the students from the State of Manipur. We are informed that such a Center is available in the city of Bangalore.”

Accordingly, the Court listed the matter for further consideration on June 26, 2023.

Cause Title- Dhanashree N Jagatap v. Union of India & Ors.

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