The Allahabad High Court today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply on a PIL seeking cancellation of the May 25 Combined Pre-Medical Test which has come under scanner following the arrest of nearly 12 people for allegedly trying to leak the question papers.
Passing the order, a two judges’ vacation bench of justices V K Shukla and Yashwant Verma also asked the Lucknow University, which had been entrusted with conducting the tests this year to file a counter-affidavit within six weeks.
Fixing July 28 as the next date of hearing in the matter, the court asked the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police to submit a report of the progress in the investigation being conducted by it and warned against any “interference” coming in the way of the probe.
The court also noted that the entire examination would have to be cancelled if irregularities were proved.
At least 12 people, including as many as four doctors, were arrested by the STF from Gautampalli area of Lucknow while the tests were being conducted.
The arrested persons were found to be in possession of a number of electronic devices through which they were allegedly trying to provide answers to questions in the paper to candidates for a price.