Since the morning of 26 July 2018, students affected by NEET 2018 Counselling delay have been refreshing Bombay High Court website for latest news. Several hours of seeking answers have given no returns; there is no word on what happened yet in media. NEET 2018 Counselling is on hold pending judgement on PIL No. 87 of 2018 and writ petition 3885 of 2018. Both the cases are going on in High Court of Bombay, Nagpur bench.
While seeking for answers on NEET cases, it has also emerged that Samriddhi Dubey vs Union of India, diary no. 26817 case hearing is also on Monday, 30 Jul 2018, in Supreme Court.
Panel of Justices comprising Justice SA Bobde, and Justice L Nageswara Rao, will be hearing the case. SLP has been filed against judgements / orders passed the High Courts in writ petitions filed as PIL. This matter pertains to the granting of 196 grace marks to Tamil Nadu students due to 49 errors in NEET question paper.
Since the hearing for abovementioned case is on 30 July, so it is extrapolated that NEET 2018 counselling can only resume after that.
More than 13 lakh candidates appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test this year. Only some have been able to get admission in first round. Lakhs of candidates are waiting for second counselling to resume.
Since the All India Quota counselling is on hold, for this reason many states have also had to put their NEET state quota counselling on hold. Thus it (continuous delays in counselling) is not only affecting those participating in NEET 2018 All India Quota Counselling for 15% seats, but for 85% state quota seats also.
In another news, the Bombay High Court heard the cases on eligibility criteria for NEET counselling in Maharashtra. The judgement was passed in favor of the states, upholding the eligibility norms. Candidates who seek 85% quota seats in the state should have studied class 10, class 12 from Maharashtra and should also have domicile certificate.