The apex court also rejected the applications seeking listing of the review petition in the open court. "A precious year of students can not be wasted", a three-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra had said, adding that students' career "cannot be put under jeopardy for long".
The 6 states that filed the review petition on August 28, 2020, are Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Jharkhand.
The six ministers from Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand have sought postponement of JEE-NEET exams scheduled for next month.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi previously said in a joint press conference of parties that the grounds on which their review petition had been filed has not been heard by the court so far and is different from those petitions which have been dismissed by the top court.
The remaining JEE-Mains will be held as scheduled on September 5 and 6, and the NEET will be conducted on September 13.
The petition also said that the previous order addresses the importance of conducting an exam to make sure that the students do not miss out on a year but fails to balance the equally important aspect of conducting the exam and securing the safety of the students, says the petition.
The top court had refused to interfere with the conduct of the medical and engineering entrance exams, saying that life must go on and students can't lose a precious year due to the pandemic. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had in August assured the top court that all safeguards would be taken while conducting the examinations.
A total of 343,958 students appeared for the JEE exams in the first three days.
"It is submitted that if the impugned order dated 17 August, 2020 is not reviewed then grave and irreparable harm and injury would befall on the student community of our country and not only will the health, welfare and safety of the students/candidates appearing for the NEET/JEE examinations would stand imperilled but also the public health at large would be in severe jeopardy in these COVID-19 pandemic times", the plea said. Students reached their respective exam centers with masks on amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It must be noted that JEE exams will be held till September 6.