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NEET-UG: Supreme Court Allows OCI Candidates to Appear for Counselling in General Category for 2021-22; Says,'They are of Indian Origin; Not Outsiders'

Lawstreet Journal 30 Sep 2021 8:24pm

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(Cases: Dr. Radhika Thapetta and others v. Union of India and others (WP(c) No.1397/2020); Anushka Rengunthwar and others v. Union of India and others WP(c) No..891/2021) and Krithika K and others versus Union of India and others (WP(c) No. 1032/2021)) 

On September 30, 2021 (Thursday), the Supreme Court issued an interim order allowing Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) candidates to participate in NEET-UG counselling in the general category for the year 2021-22.

The interim order was issued in response to a writ petition filed by OCI candidates challenging a notification issued by the Minister of Home Affairs to treat them on par with Non-Resident Indians (NRI) for college admissions.

The court ordered the National Testing Agency (NTA) to declare the results of OCI candidates and allow them to participate in general category counselling. The court clarified that the order is only valid for the academic year 2021-22.

The following order was issued by a bench of Justices Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari:

“We are of the view that at least for the current academic year 2021-2022, the petitioners are entitled to be considered eligible for all the medical seats which the OCIs were eligible for before the issuance of the impugned notification dated March 4, 2021. Therefore, we direct the NTA to declare the result of the examination taken by the petitioners NEET UG 2021 and the eligible petitioners are permitted to appear for the counselling in the general category. This order is confined to the academic year 2021-2022.”

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