Large-scale protests erupted against the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into medical colleges after the suicide of the Dalit medical student cum activist, Anitha. As a result, the Supreme Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to take care of the fact that no agitation occurs in the state over the NEET examination issue.
The apex court directed that anybody involved in any kind of activity that stalls normal life of citizens in the state should be booked under the appropriate law. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the direction observing that the NEET examination had already been upheld by the apex court.
"As an interim measure, it is directed that it shall be the obligation of the chief secretary and principal secretary of Tamil Nadu to ensure that no agitation takes place in relation to the NEET examination that has been upheld by this court," the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.
The top court issued notice to Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking a direction to the state to maintain law and order situation and ensure that no agitation, strike or protest by political parties or individuals be allowed against the NEET examination.
Supreme Court issued notice to Tamil Nadu govt for September 15 in the case of death of #Anitha who appealed against NEET in SC— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2017
The petitioner had also submitted that normal life of citizens was gravely affected due to the ongoing protests on the issue in the state. The bench will now hear the matter on September 18.
On the other hand, the opposition led by DMK is set to conduct a public meeting regarding NEET in Tirchy. However, the authorities have denied permission for the meeting.
Thirumavalavan VCK however, said that the protest will go on and the opposition doesn't care about the ban order.
With PTI inputs