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AIIMS PG exam won't be cancelled: SC

The decision will bring in major relief to about 40,000 candidates who appeared in this year's all India entrance test for admission.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 15:59 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down the plea of the central government to cancel the entrance test on the ground of large-scale use of unfair means during the test.

The decision will bring in major relief to about 40,000 candidates who appeared in this year's all India entrance test for admission to post graduate medical courses in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A bench comprising Mr Justice KG Balakrishnan and Mr Justice PP Naolekar, however, ruled that 20 candidates who were caught using unfair means will, however, be disqualified.

The court also allowed the plea of Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam that the Government should be permitted to debar those candidates also against whom material is found or evidence is collected during the ongoing investigation by the CBI.

Earlier, senior counsel Arun Jaitley, appearing for 12 students who had filed application challenging the proposed cancellation of entrance test, contended that the use of unfair means was a localised affair and was confined only to the centres in Chennai and Delhi and because 20 odd candidates have been found deploying unfair means, about over 36,900 candidates who appeared in the test could not be penalised.

Mr Jaitley also pleaded that there are candidates who have worked very hard throughout the year, they have given up their old seats and now when they are about to succeed, the entrance test should not be cancelled.

The court, accepting the contention of Mr Jaitley, directed that counselling for successful candidates shall start as per schedule on April 21.

The admission process is to be completed by May 31.

In this case, many arrests including those of senior professors have already been made by the CBI.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 13:28 IST