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Two Teachers Detained In Maharashtra By ATS In NEET-UG Paper Leak Case— All About It

Swarajya Staff

Jun 23, 2024, 01:37 PM | Updated 01:37 PM IST

Students being frisked before entering the NEET exam centre (Representative Image)
Students being frisked before entering the NEET exam centre (Representative Image)

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) detained two teachers from the Latur district late Saturday (22 June) night in connection with alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a crucial medical entrance exam.

The two teachers, Sanjay Tukaram Jadhav and Jalil Umarkhan Pathan, who teach at a government-run school in Latur, were arrested by a team of the ATS's Nanded unit.

They used to teach in Zilla Parishad schools and also run private coaching centres in Latur.

Earlier on Saturday, the Central Government removed National Testing Agency (NTA) Director General Subodh Singh from his position and transferred the investigation of NEET-UG irregularities to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

In addition to the probe handover, the Education Ministry established a seven-member panel headed by former ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan to review the NTA's functioning and recommend necessary reforms in the examination system.

“We stand for transparent, tamper-free, and zero error examination. A panel has been formed on exam reforms, strict action has been taken against officials, and the case has been handed over to the CBI,” Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated.

“Students' interest will be safeguarded at any cost," he added.

These steps come amid widespread litigation and protests across the country concerning the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG exam.

Students have raised concerns over a purported question paper leak and the contentious awarding of grace marks to over 1,500 candidates.

The grace marks were subsequently revoked, and the affected students were offered a re-test.

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