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All India Premedical and Pre- Dental Test-2015 stands cancelled for widespread use of unfair means

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Supreme
Court: Amid allegations of large scale use of
unfair means via electronic gadgets thereby accessing the answer keys, the
Division Bench of R.K Agarwal and Amitav Roy, JJ., cancelled the All India
Pre-Medical Tests (AIPMT) and Pre-Dental Entrance Tests conducted by the Central
Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on 03.05.2015, and directed the CBSE to hold
fresh entrance test within four weeks from the date of this judgment, keeping
in mind the technicalities and the commencement of the new academic session on
01.08.2015.

The matter came into prominence when a day
after the exam, several newspapers reported that 90 answer keys had been transmitted to the candidates during the
examination. Rampant use of latest technology (vests fitted with SIM cards) was
done so as to facilitate the transmission. The Court took cognizance of the
issue and restrained any further steps regarding the examination process.
Jaideep Gupta on behalf of the petitioners contended that cancellation of AIPMT-2015
is the only solution to restore the faith of the candidates in the existing
system of examination, as the investigations reveal the involvement of a
countrywide network. However Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the CBSE argued that
the Board took all the necessary precautions while conducting the entrance
tests, therefore they should not be held liable for any lapse whatsoever.

The Bench meticulously perused the status
reports filed by the investigation authorities and the evidences procured by
them. It was observed that the investigations indeed reveal a deep rooted
conspiracy to aid the beneficiary candidates with answer keys so as to help
them solve the question paper. The Court further observed that in view of a
countrywide network operation, it is plausible that many more beneficiaries are
revealed in near future; therefore segregation of the identified beneficiaries
is not a solution for the present issue. Keeping in mind the amount of
inconvenience that would be caused to the candidates and the Board alike by
re-conducting the exam, the Court concluded that AIPMT- 2015 has been stripped
of its sanctity, therefore it has to be necessarily annulled. [Tanvi Sarwal
v. Central Board of Secondary Education, decided on 15.06.2015] 
Source: Legal news India

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