The Madras High Court has ordered that all petitioners in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) case be heard in the afternoon session on July 13, 2021.
The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and justice Senthikumar Ramamoorthly was informed the Additional Solicitor General R. Sankaranarayanan that the Centre would file it's counter-affidavit on monday (July 5th, 2021) Or by Tuesday (July 6th, 2021) to a case file by the BJ's Tamil Nadu State Secretart, k. Nagarajan, Challenging the Constitution of the committee headed by Justice (Rtd) A. K Rajan to study the NEET's impact on the state.
In June 2021, the committee was formed by the state government. Sankaranarayanan stated that he would also serve copies of the counter-affidavit on the writ petitioner as well as numerous political parties, organizations, and individuals who wished to be named as parties in the case.
The court had ordered the centre to file the counter-affidavit by July 8,2021 and served on counsel for the DK, DMK, MDMK, CPI, and others who wanted to intervene in the case.
Advocate General R. Shanmugasundaram, who represents the state government, stated that he is prepared to argue the case and has already filed a counter-affidavit on its behalf.
"There is nothing new in the constitution of a committee," said senior lawyer P. Wilson, who was representing a student who had sought to be impleaded in the case, "The Justice P. Kalaiyarasan committee's recommendation had led to 7.5 percent reservation for medical admission to government school students".
Wilson's argument was refuted by advocate V. Raghavachari, who was representing petitioner Nagarajan "There is nothing new, and all petitions regarding NEET have been dismissed by the Supreme Court, and there is only opposition to NEET in Tamil Nadu, which must end. It's a political game that must come to an end, " he started.
As the lawyers sparred, Chief Justice Banerjee stepped in, saying that both would be given ample time to argue their respective points.