New Delhi, June 19 : The Supreme Court Tuesday
was told by a petitioner that the software developed by the National
Informatics Centre (NIC) for online counselling and admission to
post-graduate medical courses was not foolproof and prone to hacking.
apex court vacation bench of Justice H.L. Gokhale and Justice Ranjana
Prakash Desai was told by a candidate that the result of the second
round of counselling was allegedly hacked a day before it was declared
Petitioner Pankila Mittal's counsel Nushad Ahmed Khan
said that the alleged hacking led to a conclusion that the "software
prepared by the NIC is not foolproof/tamper-free, prone to
said that the way the result of the second round of counselling got
allegedly leaked flew into the face of the union health ministry's
contention that the online counselling would be faceless yet fully
transparent and fair.
The petitioner said that though she was
allotted a seat in a Mumbai-based medical college for a post-graduate
degree course but participated in the second round of counselling so
that she could get admission to a discipline of her choice.
Mittal completed all formalities for her admission in the Mumbai medical college May 16.
to get a better opportunity in the second round of counselling, the
petitioner locked her earlier post-graduate degree course admission in
the Mumbai college.
The result of the allocation of seats and the
courses was slated to be declared on June 12 but June 11 the results
were hacked and were on the internet.
The results so put on the
internet showed her being admitted to a diploma in veneralogy and
dermatology where as she had opted for a post-graduate degree course.
petitioner told the court that several other candidates had suffered
such down scaling of their courses from post-graduate MS/MD to diploma
courses and vice-versa.
Counsel Rekha Pandey, who appeared for
the government, sought time for taking instruction from the directorate
general of health services.
The matter will come up for hearing Thursday.