Supreme Court Bars Agitation Over NEET-2017 Issue In Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has been witnessing multiple protests over the suicide of Anitha, a Dalit student from Tamil Nadu who aspired to be a doctor.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday prohibited protests against National Eligibility cum Entrance Test in Tamil Nadu that affect normal life.

The state’s Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary have been made accountable to ensure that the order is followed.The Supreme Court has asked the police to book anyone who protests against NEET creating law and order issues in the state.

The court also issued a warning to all political parties not to disrupt normal life or indulge in protests. The court has issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu government over a PIL filed over Anitha, a medical seat aspirant’s, suicide.

The state has been asked to respond to the notice by September 15. Students, political organizations, NGOs have been protesting against NEET even as counseling for medical seats in underway in the state according to NEET merit list.

“Every citizen of this country has a fundamental right to peacefully protest and demonstrate but not to cause a situation that results in violence and paralyzes the law and order situation,” the court said.

A three-judge bench of the court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra later made it clear that people were free to protest peacefully.

Tamil Nadu, which has close to 40 medical colleges, says the entrance exam places its students at a disadvantage. It is argued that national exam is more apt for students who study in CBSE and penalises poor and rural students.

Who cannot afford the private tuition classes needed to score high in such entrance exams like NEET and JEE, which is used for engineering students.

The Tamil Nadu government has been served a notice and the court will resume hearing on the PIL on September 18.

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