Punjab PMET row: HC summons record of examination
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, to produce the record pertaining to the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) examination conducted on May 17.chandigarh Updated: Jun 06, 2015 00:05 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, to produce the record pertaining to the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) examination conducted on May 17.
The single judge vacation bench of justice Lisa Gill also directed the university to file its reply by June 9, the next date of hearing.
The high court bench was hearing a petition of 32 candidates who, on May 28, had moved the court seeking cancellation of exam. Senior advocate Anupam Gupta appeared on behalf of the respondent university and sought more time to file reply. The high court bench, while giving him more time, asked the university to produce record pertaining to the examination.
However, the court declined to pass an interim order sought by the petitioners as it observed that without hearing the respondent university it would not be appropriate to pass an order.
In their May 28 petition, these students had alleged that BFUHS tried to conduct the examination for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges of the state in a "clandestine" manner. For the three-hour examination, in which 15,000 candidates appeared, only one centre was set up, they had submitted.
This resulted in traffic chaos and harassment to students and nearly 300 candidates could not take the test due to traffic jams and other reasons, the petitioners submitted, demanding that a fresh examination be conducted by the university or some other agency.
The examination was conducted at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar for nearly 1,000 seats in state medical colleges.
They had also alleged "glaring mistakes" in the question paper and questioned the university's move not to put answer sheets and question papers online.