Madras HC rules against Puducherry private college for flouting court order in admission row

Chennai: The Madras High Court has flayed the authorities of a private medical college in neighbouring Puducherry for flouting its order in connection with the admission of a candidate to a medical course in the college, for the year 2017-18.

When a petition by one K Brinda came up on Friday, the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar said, "The fact remains that there was a clear unequivocal interim order directing the authorities which includes the college authorities to keep one seat vacant in the Category of MS(General Surgery) for the academic year 2017-18."

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"The interim order passed on 17 May last was served on the college authorities and received by the college on 22 May. Prima facie the authorities have deliberately flouted the order of this Court," it observed.

The court then directed the authorities to forthwith admit the petitioner Dr K Brinda to the MS in General Surgery on the condition of deposit of an ad-hoc amount of Rs 10 lakhs as per the 16 June interim order and report the compliance to it on 26 July.

Earlier, a Single judge of the High Court had ordered the CENTAC and Arupadai Veedu Medical College, Puducherry to keep one seat vacant in the category of MS(General Surgery) for the academic year 2017-18.

However, the seat was not allotted to Brinda till 21 July following which she approached the Madras High Court.

Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) office is the nodal agency for selecting students for professional courses.

The petitioner had submitted that she ought to have been admitted to the course by collecting the fees as per the 16 June orders of the court.

Terming as "false" the submission of the Government Pleader representing CENTAC on her admission into the college, she said she was not admitted in MS Ophthalmology as mentioned by the GP.

She then prayed to the Court to initiate contempt proceedings against CENTAC and Aruppadai Veedu Medical College for giving false information to the Court.

The bench had in its order on Friday said, "The Counsel appearing for the college authorities submits that all the seats have been filled up since Dr K Brinda did not deposit the entire fees within 31 May and the seat was offered to some other candidate.

We are informed that the fee then demanded by the College is Rs 40 Lakh."

"The act of filling up the seat is a nullity in the eye of law, the same being patently in violation of the order of this Court." it observed.

Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017 13:43 PM

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