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CBSE and the Union Health Ministry in stir after Madras HC's verdict
A health ministry official said that legal advice has been sought from the Additional Solicitor General over the effect this court order will have on them. The CBSE officials have also been consulted with. The CBSE will probably file a petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday against this decision.

The official of the Central Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that no order had been given to the Health Ministry on the court's decision, so they will not stop the counselling.

On Tuesday, the High Court had ordered the CBSE to award 196 grace marks to students who had written the NEET exam in Tamil. This is likely to affect the rankings of NEET. That is why the CBSE has decided to challenge this decision in the Supreme Court.

Madras High Court told the CBSE that there were errors in translation in 49 questions of the examination paper, for which every answer should be given four marks. The bench ordered the allocation of 196 grace marks to all the 24,720 candidates who had written the paper in Tamil. Madurai bench's Justice CT Selvam and Justice AM Bashir Ahmed gave this order during hearing of a PIL filed by CPI (M) leader TK Rangarajan. The court asked the CBSE to revise the rankings of eligible candidates and publish them again.

Following the decision of the Madras High Court, there is stir in the CBSE and the Union Health Ministry. By giving 196 grace marks to each student, many of them are likely to make it to the merit list. At the same time, students who are already in the merit list will be out of it.

A senior health ministry official stating that the decision was unfair said that if such a verdict was to be given, it should have been given before the results were declared. Now that the admission procedure is in progress, thousands of students will be disturbed with this order.

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