Chennai (Tamil Nadu): The Madras High Court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a petition moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the 9-member committee set up by the State to analyze the impact of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on students belonging to the socially backward classes.
The Bench, headed by High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, has directed the state government to respond within a week
Justice Banerjee stated that the formation of the panel appeared to be useless since the Supreme Court has directed Tamil Nadu to accept NEET.
The state government cannot constitute the committee without the leave of the Supreme Court before, the court stated.
The writ petition had been filed by Tamil Nadu BJP secretary K Nagarajan against the formation of the committee headed by Justice AK Rajan.
“NEET was introduced in the state after an order from the Supreme Court. For what purpose has the committee been formed?” asked Paul Kanagaraj, chief of the Tamil Nadu BJP Legal Wing. He added that the DMK government was trying to confuse students on the matter.
“How can the panel analyze NEET and its impact after the SC’s orders? We challenged the constitutional validity, the state and Central government’s power and who does education come under in the writ petition, and are satisfied with what the high court has said,” added Kanagaraj.
(With ANI Inputs)