In Abhay Mohan v. Union of India and others, the Punjab Haryana High Court were hearing the grievance of the petitioner that he was not able to apply for NEET (UG), 2020 as he had already taken admission in Carleton College, Northfield, MN, the USA commencing in September 2020. When he was mulling his options, the student saw a tweet by Education Minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal extending the deadline for online applications to take this year’s the JEE (Main) Examination under following terms- “Students who dropped the idea to study abroad, here is your chance to pursue your studies in India. I have advised @ DG-NTA to give one more opportunity to students to submit new/complete online application form for JEE (Main) 2020. Hurry! Forms will be available till 24th May.” The division bench observed that in light of the current circumstances, the petitioner had a legitimate expectation that the same facility as above would be extended to aspiring students of the medical stream.
The Bench said, “We are not aware whether such declarations are backed by any official file in which the entire issue is dealt with”. However, pending the disposal of the writ petition, the respondent authorities were directed to accept the student’s application and accompanying documents.