According to the reports, the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) has been asked to pay INR 50 lacs as compensation to the three NEET aspirants as it denied them from sitting in the NEET 2016 counseling session, which was held on October 7 2016, against the all India quota seats.
More on the issue
Manish Gaurav, who was one of the sufferers, brought the issue to every one's attention by filing the petition in the court.Anshul, the petitioner's counsel said "all the petitioners had appeared for the NEET UG 2016, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the result of which was published on August 16, 2016".
Petitioners participated in the counseling session and on the basis of the merit lists were given admission in BDS courses.
Statement from controller of examination of BCECEB
After sometime, BCECEB released an official advertisement which said "following the Supreme Court's order of October 6, the counseling session for filling up of balance of 15 per cent all India quota seats remaining would be held on October 7 in the same year. Even after contacting the respondent officials, the petitioners were refused to sit for counseling without giving any valid reason".
Officials further told that once petitioners has accepted a seat in the BDS course, they could not be allowed to participate in the counseling again.
Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh passed the order on the writ applications filed by the Manish Gaurav and others and ordered the BCECEB to pay a sum of INR 20 lacs to each- Manish Gaurav and Ashishree and INR 10 lac to Dipty Preyasi.
Statement from Justice Singh
"Pursuant to the Court's order, the BCECEB filed an affidavit, bringing on record a list of 16 candidates allotted MBBS course on the basis of counseling for remaining 15%seats of all India quota from which it appears that the petitioners were ranked higher than the candidates allotted MBBS seats."
"The denial by the respondents, particularly, the BCECEB, of rights of petitioners, in my opinion, is, thus, in gross violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India. Since such breach cannot be remedied given the facts and circumstances of the case, the damage caused to them is enormous and will have to be compensated by issuing appropriate orders exercising power of judicial review under Article 226 of the Constitution of India and they have to be compensated," Singh added