SC to hear PIL today in NEET aspirant Anitha’s death case

She came from a poor family and moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on MBBS admissions based on NEET scores.

There has been growing anti-NEET sentiment in the state after the Supreme Court’s refusal to exempt Tamil Nadu from the national entrance test. Tamil Nadu over the last week has seen steadily intensifying protests after the suicide of a Dalit medical college aspirant.

The court on Friday has told the state’s top bureaucrat that it was his job to act against anyone involved “in any kind of bandh or activity that disrupts normal life and affects detrimentally affects law and order”.

Anitha, daughter of a daily labourer, hailed from a village in Ariyalur district in Tamil Nadu. The protests, the petition said, were affecting normal life of citizens. A bench led by chief justice Deepak Misra was dealing with a petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer GS Mani, who among other things, accused political parties of instigating students to violence, as per the sources.

The bench will now hear the matter on September 18.

Sabarimala, who was working at the Panchayat Union Middle School at Vairapuram in Villupuram district, resigned after police denied her permission to hold a protest against NEET stating that government workers were not allowed to protest against the government policies.

Protests in the state have intensified after 17-year-old Anitha committed suicide after she failed to secure a medical seat through the test.

Mani said that due to the various agitations and roadblocks, the daily life of citizens has been jeopardised, leading to enormous difficulty for the common man.

“We may clearly state here that a peaceful protest or criticism or dissent is different than creation of a law and order situation”, the court said in its interim order on Friday. The state’s Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary have been made accountable to ensure that the order is followed.

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