Chennai: The Madras high court has directed the state government to furnish the list of candidates admitted under the NRI quota with their respective marks, the list of candidates admitted under the state quota with their respective marks and the list of candidates admitted under the AII India quota with their respective marks in medical colleges.
A division bench comprising Justices N.Kirubakaran and P.Velmurugan gave the directive and posted to today (Sept 26) further hearing of a petition filed by S.Dheeran, an aspiring medical student seeking to set aside an order of a single judge, dismissing a petition challenging the selection process for the 207 seats that got reverted to the management quota owing to their not getting filled up under the NRI quota.
The bench said M.Velmurugan, counsel for the petitioner, submitted that 260 seats were earmarked under the NRI quota, out of which only 53 persons were selected for admission and the balance 207 seats were declared as vacant and reverted to the management should also be filled up as per merit.
As per the judgment of the Apex court in Dar-Us-Slam case, the state government shall conduct manual counselling for allotment of students and after the completion of counselling, the state government shall determine the number of seats that were still vacant and thereafter shall forward a list of students in order of merit, equalling to ten times the number of vacant seats to the medical college so that in case of any stray vacancy arising in any college the seats may be filled up from the list.
However, in the state of Tamil Nadu, 207 seats under the NRI quota remained vacant and without conducting manual counselling for those seats, the state government returned it to the management and the managements were said to have filled up those seats allegedly without following merit by getting huge sums for those seats. Though the government pleader appearing for the state denied the allegation made by the counsel for the appellant, the contentions made by the counsel for appellant cannot be ignored and “this court would like to know whether the appropriate procedures have been followed in the selection of candidates for admission into the medical colleges,” the bench added and gave the direction.
The bench said it was seen from the public domain that certain malpractices have been committed for getting admission in the medical college. It was said that one candidate got admission in the Theni Medical College by making another student to write the NEET examination by impersonation and a case was said to have been registered against the student candidate, the bench added and posed 7 queries to be answered by the state government in the next hearing.
The queries are: 1) How many persons are said to have obtained admission in medical colleges by impersonation? 2) Whether the authorities have verified the identity of those candidates who wrote the NEET examination and those who got admitted in the medical colleges? 3) Whether any other cases of impersonation or cheating have been detected? 4) What is the stage of the case filed against the student of Theni Medical College who is alleged to have obtained admission fraudulently by impersonation? 5) Is it a fact that the Principal of Theni Medical College has not taken any action in time, in spite of knowing about the fraudulent admission obtained by the student? 6) Whether all the statutory procedures have been duly followed by the authorities, right from permitting the students for examination after verifying the identity of the students and 7) Whether the authorities have identified any other fraudulent methods like dual nativity certificate by which medical admission have been obtained by any other student?