The Supreme Court has directed a Maharashtra-based medical college to pay Rs. 20L as penalty to each of the 19 meritorious students who were "illegally" and "wrongly" denied admissions to MBBS and BDS courses by it in 2012-13.
The top court asked the college to deposit the money in three months with Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS), a body that regulates admissions in medical colleges.
A big relief
SC sets aside de-recognition of the college
A bench of justices Arun Mishra and UU Lalit spared Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College and Hospital, Jalgaon, in Maharashtra from de-recognition and set aside direction of Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court as the institution agreed to pay the penalty.
The bench, however, clarified that if the penalty amount is not deposited, then High Court order of March-27 will stand as it is.
Apex-court set aside HC's order cancelling less meritorious students' admission
To a breather to less meritorious students, who were admitted by the college for alleged motive of profiteering in the place of more deserving students, the top court set aside the direction of the high court cancelling their admissions.
What was High Court's direction?
The HC, on March 27, directed for payment of Rs. 20L penalty to each of 19 students for wrongful denial of admissions, cancellation of admissions of less meritorious students, de-recognition of the college and contempt action against the office bearers of the college.
The meritorious students had complained to the collector, PNS and other authorities concerned about the irregularities, and approached HC for relief.