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CBI Takes Over Probe into irregularities in NEET-UG; FIR registered

New Delhi, Jun 23: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken over the probe into alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) held on May 5, officials said on Sunday. This development follows the Centre’s announcement to transfer the investigation to the CBI, responding to widespread concerns over the integrity of the examination process.

The CBI has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified persons based on a reference from the Union education ministry. This action comes amid growing demands from students for a thorough investigation into the alleged malpractices in the highly competitive medical entrance exam.

Officials noted that around 24 lakh students had appeared for NEET-UG, making it crucial to ensure transparency and fairness in the examination. The allegations include instances of cheating, impersonation, and other forms of malpractice that have raised questions about the exam’s conduct.

A senior official from the education ministry highlighted that the decision to involve the CBI was made after a comprehensive review of the situation. The aim is to ensure a transparent investigation and uphold the credibility of the examination process, which is a critical gateway for aspiring medical students.

The move to hand over the probe to the CBI was prompted by student protests across several cities. These protests called for accountability and action against those involved in any wrongdoing related to the NEET-UG exam.

In response to these demands, the education ministry decided to seek the CBI’s involvement to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation. The decision underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of the national examination system.

The CBI’s involvement is expected to bring more resources and expertise to the investigation, potentially leading to swift and conclusive findings. The focus will be on identifying and prosecuting those responsible for any irregularities, thereby restoring confidence in the examination process.

As the investigation unfolds, both the education ministry and the CBI are likely to provide updates to keep the public informed about the progress. The ultimate goal is to ensure that all students are evaluated fairly and that the integrity of the NEET-UG examination is preserved.

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