The Madras High Court on Monday upheld single-judge order that cancels Tamil Nadu government's order allowing 85% reservation for state board students in the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET). It further directed the state government to conduct medical admissions without any further delay.
Earlier, the Madras High Court on July 14 quashed a Tamil Nadu government order reserving 85 per cent of MBBS and BDS seats to state board students and only 15 percent for CBSE and other boards, holding that it amounted to discrimination among equals.
Allowing petitions by some CBSE students challenging the June 22 state government order, Justice K Ravichndrababu held that the impugned reservation was bad in law and violated Art 14 of the Constitution (Equality before law).
He also held that the reservation indirectly meddled with the object and process of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and compromised on merits of selection.
The judge directed authorities to prepare a fresh merit list and conduct the counselling for admissions accordingly. He had on July 11 reserved orders on the petitions by Darnish Kumar, a student represented by his parents, and two others and ordered status quo on the admission process till the adjudication of the matter.