Chennai: The Madras High Court has ordered notice to the authorities on a petition from two MBBS course aspirants, who sought allotment of a seat each to them in medical colleges. The court said that the admission of the two candidates in the MBBS course would be subject to the outcome of their writ appeals.
In their appeal, Gayathri Swaminath and Kannan alias Sivakumar, native of Puducherry, submitted that they had obtained admissions in BDS and in engineering courses, respectively, under the government quota. While Gayathri joined the BDS course in 2015-16 Kannan took admission into an engineering college in 2012-13. They appeared for Neet 2017 and became successful.
M. Ravi, their counsel, submitted that when they applied for medical course, they were denied admission into MBBS course citing two government orders of 2015. Since they previously took admission into a professional course under government quota, the authorities prevented them seeking admission in the MBBS course.
When the appeals came up for hearing before the division bench comprising Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Abdul Quddhose, it passed interim orders. The bench observed that they were denied admission on the ground that they had availed admission under the government quota on earlier occasions in BDS course and engineering course and hence were not entitled to admission in MBBS course.
When the bench asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) senior counsel to clarify on the issue, he replied that, “no such restriction has been imposed by MCI”.
The bench said the matter requires serious examination and ordered notice returnable in two weeks. Till then, the earlier interim orders directing medical colleges to keep one seat each vacant for them shall hold good, the bench said. The duo will be granted admission subject to the outcome of the writ appeals....