SC defers AIIMS INI CET exam

New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Friday postponed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) INI CET exam slated from next Wednesday to any time after expiry of a month.

"Considering that many of the candidates intending to appear in the exam are on Covid duty and in remote areas, we are of the opinion that June 16 date is arbitrary. We direct the exam to be postponed by one month. Needless to say, exam can be held anytime after the expiry of one month," a vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Mukesh Rasikbhai Shah ruled.

The order was passed on the pleas by Pulami Mondal and 25 doctors and the Chhattisgarh chapter of the Indian Medical Association. They said the examination on June 16 would be in utter disregard to the PMO's assurance to postpone the PG exams while deferring the NEET PG exam, 2021, by 4 months.

The INI CET exam is conducted for graduate doctors for admissions to postgraduate MD, MS courses in leading government medical institutes in India, including AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Po­s­tgradaute Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pudu­cherry and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru.

STATE BOARDS: Also filed before the Supreme Court is another petition by over 6,000 parents from different states to cancel all state board Class XII examinations for the same reason for which it cancelled the Class XII examination of the CBSE, pointing out the state boards in Punjab, Andhra, Telangana, Assam and Tripura have not postponed the exams.

Kerala fishermen killing: Rs10 crore deposited in SC

The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it has deposited Rs 10 crore with it that was paid by the Republic of Italy as compensation to the families of the two Kerala fishermen shot dead in 2012 by two Italian marines aboard the Enrica Lexie ship, in lieu of closure of criminal cases against the two navy personnel in India.

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Mukesh Shah reserved its final order on Tuesday, on the Centre's plea to close all proceedings and disburse the money to the families of the victims.

"We have deposited the amount. There was an award by International Tribunal, which as a nation we have accepted. The agreement is between Italy, the Government of India and Kerala," said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

A lawyer appearing for the Republic of Italy said that criminal proceedings pending before a Delhi court must also be dropped in terms of the award by the International Tribunal.

Mehta submitted that Kerala is saying those who didn't suffer injury but were on board should also be compensated. "We don't have an objection to that and it can be looked into by Kerala on how the money has to be apportioned," he submitted.

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