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Not silent, taking action: BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad on NEET UG examination row

Amid the ongoing row over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said that the government is not “silent,” adding that action has been taken against the accused and people are being arrested.

“We are not silent. We are taking action and people are being arrested. Congress only talks; however, we do the work. They haven’t apologized even after 50 years of the emergency imposed in India,” a BJP MP told ANI.

On June 28, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two more accused in the NEET-UG paper leak case.

“The duo, Dr. Ehsaan Ul Haq and Imtiaz Alam, were working as the principal and vice principal of the Oasis School in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh,” CBI sources said.

Notably, Haq was appointed the city coordinator by the National Testing Agency for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG 2024).

Earlier, the CBI arrested two people from Bihar’s Patna in connection with the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG exam.

The official said that while the accused, Ashutosh, was arranging safe house premises for the students, the other accused, Manish, used to take the candidates to a school to ‘prepare’ them for the exam.

“Manish Prakash transported the students in his car, while the students were accommodated in Ashutosh’s house,” the CBI officer pointed out.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed several adjournments on Friday, with Congress and other opposition parties insisting on a debate on the NEET-UG row and the government keen to take up the motion of thanks on the President’s address.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on June 23 registered a criminal case over the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the NEET-UG and UGC-NET exams by the NTA and formed special teams to probe the matter.

As per the agency’s FIR, certain “isolated incidents” occurred in a few states during the conduct of the NEET (UG) 2024 examination, which was held on May 5.

The NEET (UG) 2024 Examination was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5, 2024, at 4,750 centres in 571 cities, including 14 cities abroad, with over 23 lakh candidates appearing for the examination.

An unprecedented 67 candidates achieved a perfect score of 720 marks out of 720, which led to widespread protests in the country. 

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