New Delhi: The Delhi High Court allowed Sikh students wearing Sikh articles of faith, kara and kirpan, in NEET-2018. The move has come in response to a petition moved by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.
A bench comprising of Justices Ravindra Bhat and A.K. Chawla on May 3 said in its verdict that the CBSE cannot prohibit entry of these “articles of faith” in an exam center when these objects are allowed even on-board an aircraft.
However, the bench has mandated entry of Sikh students an hour earlier to the examination hall than the reporting time.
“There cannot be a vague apprehension that people who come for the test will do it (cheat). Is there even one instance of misuse of these objects? If you go by your rule, there are lot of implants..,” the court said and added “uniformity of the policy should not lead to absurdity” , reads a quote in Time of India.
The Court also observed that there was no law in India which prohibits the two objects of faith. “Such policies would lead to a situation where a person would not be able to enter a mall or an aircraft”, the Court said.
With the direction, the bench disposed of the application moved by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) challenging the CBSE’s rules for the NEET under which all metallic objects were barred from entry into the exam hall.
The application was filed by the DSGMC, through advocate S S Ahluwalia, in view of the NEET exam scheduled to be held on May 6.
The plea was moved in the DSGMC’s main petition filed last year challenging the CBSE’s rule banning entry of metallic objects, including ‘kara’ and ‘kirpan’, into the exam halls.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is an entrance examination, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges. NEET-UG (Undergraduate), for MBBS and BDS courses, is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).