PMET row: HC asks petitioners why they did not challenge prospectus
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday asked the student petitioners who have challenged the May 17 pre-medical entrance test (PMET) conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, why the condition of not being allowed to take the question paper out of the examination centre was not challenged earlier by themchandigarh Updated: Jun 15, 2015 23:44 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday asked the student petitioners who have challenged the May 17 pre-medical entrance test (PMET) conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, why the condition of not being allowed to take the question paper out of the examination centre was not challenged earlier by them.
During the hearing, the vacation bench of justice RK Jain stated that the prospectus was issued by the university months before the examination was conducted. "Why was it not challenged then? Why now? Because you have fared poorly, so you challenged it now," the bench asked the petitioners.
The petitioners' counsel, Girish Agnihotri, told the court that the question about the same rose when it was found that the questions were wrong. Otherwise, there was no need to challenge the university's decision. As the court was not satisfied with the petitioners' contention, their counsel sought adjournment to take fresh instructions.
Earlier, the petitioners submitted a rejoinder to the university's reply filed during the last hearing. The petitioners have submitted that there was no lawful reason for the university not to allow the question paper to be taken out. It was also told that the fact that OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets could be re-checked was not mentioned in the prospectus.
The petitioners demanded that the question papers and answer books be evaluated by a third agency such as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to check whether there were mistakes in the question paper or not.
The petitioners also demanded that May 17 CCTV footage of the examination centre, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, be examined and the probe handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ascertain the truth.
The petitioners stated that CCTV footage would reveal the seating arrangements "to favour some VVIP" candidates. And also whether the question paper was distributed among some candidates at 11am instead of 11:45am, when the examination started.
Senior advocate Anupam Gupta, who appeared for the university, told the high court that CCTV footage was not available.
However, the videography done by the university was available. The LPU had the capacity to store the footage for only one week. As there was no controversy during this one-week period, it was not stored especially for future use, he added.
As many as 32 candidates had on May 28 moved the high court, seeking cancellation of the exam, citing various reasons. Ten more students approached the court on the issue on Monday.
The matter would now be heard on Wednesday.