The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday dismissed the public-interest petition of a private physics teacher in which he had challenged the Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET), 2015, and demanded its cancellation.
The division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu dismissed the petition in which Chandigarh resident Shiv Chand Gupta had appeared in person to allege large-scale discrepancies in the competitive examination. He had argued that as a physics expert running a free-coaching centre, he had found at least 25 questions in the examination to be wrong; and since it was damaging to physics as a subject, the examination conducted on May 17 be cancelled.
The court observed that the petitioner did not have any locus standi in the case, and if students were aggrieved, they themselves should come before the court. Another hearing is on before a single-judge bench, where the case is listed for July 13.
The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, had conducted the examination that several students have challenged and sought to be cancelled. For more than 1,000 medical seats in the state, nearly 15,000 students had competed. The litigation has compelled the BFUHS to put off counselling for admission. Now, many candidates on the current merit have also been made respondent parties in the case.