Maharashtra ATS Detains Two Teachers in NEET Exam Irregularities Case
Maharashtra ATS Detains Two Teachers in NEET Exam Irregularities Case

Mumbai: Late Saturday night, June 22, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) apprehended two teachers from Latur district in connection with alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a crucial medical entrance examination.

Sanjay Tukaram Jadhav and Jalil Umarkhan Pathan, both educators at a government-run school in Latur and owners of private coaching centres, were arrested by the ATS's Nanded unit.

Earlier the same day, the Central Government ousted National Testing Agency (NTA) Director General Subodh Singh from his post. Following this decision, the investigation into NEET-UG irregularities was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Additionally, the Ministry of Education formed a seven-member panel chaired by former ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan to evaluate the functioning of the NTA and propose reforms in the examination system.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan affirmed the government's commitment to conducting transparent, tamper-free exams with zero errors. "A panel has been constituted for exam reforms, strict actions have been taken against officials, and the case has been transferred to the CBI," he stated, emphasizing the protection of students' interests.

These developments follow nationwide litigation and protests concerning alleged NEET-UG exam irregularities, including concerns over a purported question paper leak and the contentious allocation of grace marks to more than 1,500 candidates. Subsequently, the grace marks were revoked, and affected students were offered a re-test.

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