NEET Row: In the latest developments pertaining to the controversy over the NEET exam, the accused in the NEET exam rigging case have confessed to a paper leak. A copy of the confession by the accused arrested in Bihar has surfaced. According to the copy of the confession in possession of ABP News, the paper was leaked a day before the NEET exam.

The paper was leaked for an amount of Rs 30 to 32 lakh, as per the confession. In the statement, accused Sikandar accepted his involvement and said he met Nitish and Amit Anand at his government office in Patna, where they agreed to work for the nexus together.

Sikandar also confessed that he was in touch with the families of some NEET aspirants. He claimed that Amit and Nitish got hold of the question paper on May 4 and had assembled the candidates at a school in Patna. The candidates were made to revise the answers of the questions in the exam paper.

Both Amit and Nitish accepted their involvement in the question paper leak in their respective confessional statements submitted to the police. 

There Are Serious Questions On NTA’s Integrity: Congress

As the controversy pertaining to the NEET exam rages on, Congress has raised questions on the integrity of the National Testing Agency (NTA) and whether the NEET exam is discriminatory. In a post on X, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh asked if students from poorer backgrounds are being denied opportunities, claiming that other states like Maharashtra have also expressed grave doubts about NEET.

“I was a member of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare between 2014 and 2019 and recall broad support for NEET. But there were MPs, especially from Tamil Nadu, who  had raised concerns that NEET would privilege CBSE students and would disadvantage youth coming from non-CBSE schools. I do think now that this CBSE issue needs proper analysis. Is NEET discriminatory? Are students from poorer backgrounds being denied opportunities? Other states like Maharashtra also have expressed grave doubts on NEET,” Jairam Ramesh said.

“There are also serious questions on the integrity of the National Testing Agency itself and the manner in which NEET is designed and administered. NCERT itself has lost all professionalism in the last decade. Hopefully the new Standing Committee(s) when they get constituted will take up an in-depth review of NEET, NTA and NCERT. This should receive the highest priority,” he further stated.

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