Supreme Court has declined to pass an order on the central government's plea seeking amendment of the Medical Council of India's December 2010 notification to hold a National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses from academic year 2013-14 instead of 2012-13.
Apparently not pleased with the latest position of the central government, a bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice CK Prasad said, "We don't want to be party to any such decision. First you notify the rules for common entrance tests and then you don't want to implement it."
As Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal and MCI's senior counsel Amarandra Sharan sought more time to switch to a common entrance test, Justice Dattu said: "It is for you to conduct the NEET or not conduct it, it is not for us."
He said, "Orders are passed at your convenience. Draft regulations had already been filed. Now you say you will not do it in 2012-13. This court will not be a party to the postponement." The additional solicitor general withdrew the central government's application after the court made it clear that it was not going to pass any order.