Kochi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) that questioned the Kerala Professional Colleges (Regulation and Admission in Medical Colleges) Ordinance, 2017 in the Supreme Court has told the apex court that the state government was violating the Article 14 of the Constitution by the promulgation of the ordinance .
The ordinance, which sought to regularise the admissions in Kannur Medical College and Karuna Medical College, Palakkad, for the academic year 2016-17, has helped meet the demands of the colleges which it would not be able to meet in any other way, it has told the court. In its writ petition, the MCI asked questions that were directed at the very foundation on which the Kerala government has passed the ordinance. They are:
*Whether the ordinance is unconstitutional as it is promulgated to overcome a judgment of the Supreme Court?
*Whether illegal admissions made by a medical college, which were invalidated by courts, can be legalised by promulgating an ordinance?
*Whether it is Constitutionally permissible for the state government to pass an ordinance which would have the effect of nullifying the orders of the High Court and the Supreme Court?
*Whether Constitutional propriety demands that the ordinance making power of the state legislature should not be exercised to benefit a certain category of persons?
The court, which heard the petition on Wednesday, postponed the hearing for next Monday....