The Supreme Court, while directing Centre to include Urdu as a language for the 2018-19 session of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the common test for admission into medical courses, had asked SIO to take back the allegations against Government.
But Ravinder S Garia, advocate appearing on behalf of SIO refused to withdraw the affidavit and said on January 4, 2017, the Maharashtra Government requested the Centre to include Urdu and the Centre refused the claim saying it received the letter on January 17, 2017.
Later, in the next affidavit filed by Union of India, the Centre accepted that it received the letter to include Urdu in NEET 2017 on January 4 itself via mail.
SIO in its affidavit had said it is “deliberate and intentional from the part of the Health Ministry of Government of India no to include Urdu as a medium for the NEET exam because of the discriminatory perception of the Government functionaries in viewing the language with reference to the cultural heritage and composite culture of India.
“Since the language is associated with Muslims, the Government functionaries are prejudiced and biased and have deliberately excluded the Urdu language as medium for the NEET exams,” the affidavit said.
The Government had asked SIO to remove these contents from affidavit, but SIO refused to do so. The Court asked SIO to prove the allegations.
Today in Supreme Court Union Government agreed to close the matter and didn’t argue on the bias.
(Issued by SIO)