Madras High Court has made Aadhaar card and its photocopy compulsory for NEET 2018 Counselling.
The interim order was passed by Justice N Kirubakaran after petitioners alleged that many students from other states have been allotted MBBS seats in Tamil Nadu based on nativity certificates obtained fraudulently.
The court has now directed medical education authorities who are overseeing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-based state-wise counselling in Tamil Nadu to insist on production of Aadhaar cards.
The Supreme Court in March this year has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to not Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of NEET 2018 other all-India exams’ aspirants. In its initial notification, the CBSE had asked the applicants to fill-in Aadhaar details.
G Karthikeyan, , sought time to get the details of the persons who applied in Tamil Nadu as well as in other states, reported PTI.
“It is stated that in all other states Aadhaar number of the student has to be provided in the application itself,” the judge said after hearing the Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) and counsel for petitioners.
“This has been confirmed by various counsel saying that other states have made it compulsory to give Aadhaar number of the respective candidates,” the judge further said.
“To confirm that the genuine state candidates are benefited under the state quota, it is appropriate to make the production of Aadhaar card and a photocopy of it compulsory at the time of counseling,” the court added.