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Aadhaar Card not mandatory for NEET, says SC in its interim order


New Delhi, The Supreme Court, in its interim order, on Wednesday said that Aadhaar card was not a compulsory or mandatory identity proof for taking NEET 2018 examinations, and it also held that any alternative identity proofs like voters identity cards, driving licences could be used in any such kind of all India entrance examinations. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, passed the interim order after hearing a plea filed by one, Abid Ali Patel, from Gujarat. Patel had knocked the doors of the apex court against the Gujarat High Court order which had refused to entertain and pass any order on his plea. Patel, in his plea, claimed that the apex court should intervene and pass a direction and stay the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) order regarding furnishing of the Aadhaar numbers by the aspiring candidates in their NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) examinations. Earlier, the Attorney General (AG), KK Venugopal, top law officer representing the central government, during the course of the hearing on Wednesday in the Aadhaar case, told the apex court three-judge bench that the Centre has not authorised the CBSE to make Aadhaar card mandatory or compulsory for using it as an identity for the NEET examinations. The apex court on Wednesday also recorded the submissions made by the central government and passed the interim order.

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