Medical Admissions 2019-20

Medical Admissions 2019-20

Medical college to pay ₹10L each to 150 students

PUBLISH DATE 24th November 2017

In the wake of an ongoing investigation into a judicial nexus in illegal medical college admissions, the Supreme Court directed a Lucknow-based college on Thursday to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students as compensation and sternly admonished a bench of the Allahabad high court for permitting the admissions.

The court asked the college to refund the admission fee paid by the students and slapped afine of Rs 25 lakh to be paid to the Supreme Court registry. It also barred the college from admitting students for the next academic year of 2018-19.

Not mincing words while pulling up the division bench of the Allahabad high court for allowing the institute to admit students in violation of its order, a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it was a case of “judicial indiscipline and impropriety”.

The apex court said the Allahabad high court bench had virtually overruled the SC order, transgressing all rules and regulations.

‘Admissions allowed sans Centre’s nod’

It is most unfortunate, which may cause [an] institutional problem, the bench said, and hinted that it may address the issue on the administrative side.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh and lawyer Gaurav Sharma, appearing for the Medical Council of India (MCI), told the bench that the HC allowed admissions even though the college didn’t have formal permission from the Centre and failed to consider that the college suffered from deficiencies in infrastructure, clinical material and faculty. Moreover, the HC ignored the earlier SC order restraining any interim order.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the college, said the institution should not be punished for the HC’s wrong verdict but the bench remained firm.

A bench of the Allahabad HC was recently in the news after the CBI arrested a retired judge of the Orissa HC, I M Quddusi, for allegedly conspiring to facilitate a favourable order for a college run by Prasad Education Trust — also a Lucknow-based institution. Quddusi had earlier served in the Allahabad HC. The SC’s order assumes significance in view of allegations of a middlemen-judges nexus for getting favourable judgments in cases of medical admissions. The CBI arrested Quddusi and five others for allegedly conspiring to “settle” an MCI order debarring a private medical college from MBBS admissions. The case exposed the rot and corruption in medical education.

Quddusi has been accused by CBI of offering “legal guidance” to the promoters of the private medical college on how to get around the admission ban and even promising suitable orders from the apex court.

Investigating agencies have also lodged an FIR against two IAS officers serving in Puducherry — former health secretary B R Babu and Narendra Kumar, who headed the committee on admissions to medical colleges.

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