CBI Submits Status Report on NEET-UG Paper Leak Case to Supreme Court, Hearing Postponed to Next Week

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), investigating the alleged paper leak of the medical entrance examination NEET-UG, submitted its status report to the Supreme Court on Thursday. However, the hearing of the case has been postponed until next week.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud announced during Thursday’s hearing that the matter will now be heard on Monday next week. However, the Solicitor General (SG) informed the court that he would be unavailable on Monday and Tuesday. Subsequently, the CJI rescheduled the hearing for Thursday, 18th July. The court also acknowledged the affidavits submitted by the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA), directing the petitioners to file a reply.

Previously, the NTA had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court detailing the stringent security measures in place for the preparation of examination papers for competitive exams. According to the affidavit, the papers are prepared in the presence of numerous subject experts and kept in sealed envelopes. Printing is conducted under CCTV supervision, and the papers are transported to examination centres with tight security, GPS tracking, and digital locks.

In related developments, the CBI arrested two more individuals, including a candidate from Patna, on Tuesday, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to eleven. This marks the first instance where a candidate has been arrested in connection with the alleged paper leak. The CBI apprehended NEET-UG candidate Sunny, a resident of Nalanda, and Ranjit Kumar, the father of another candidate, from Gaya.

The agency has thus far arrested eight individuals from Bihar in connection with the paper leak, alongside one accused each from Latur in Maharashtra and Godhra in Gujarat. Additionally, one individual was arrested in Dehradun in connection with the conspiracy.

The Supreme Court’s directive and the CBI’s ongoing investigation underline the seriousness of the alleged NEET-UG paper leak, as authorities continue to address the issue with utmost urgency.

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