All medical seats to be filled by centralised counselling only by State Government: Supreme Court

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Supreme Court of IndiaNew Delhi: Supreme Court of India on Thursday directed that admission to all medical seats shall be conducted by centralised counselling only by the State Government and none else.

The apex Court order came in response to a contempt petition filed by the Madhya Pradesh Government. The main respondent in this case, besides others, was Jai Narain Chouksey of L.N.Medical College & Research Centre in the State capital, which is offering admission to 150 medical seats.

The Supreme Court order passed by a five Judge Bench, comprising of Mr. Justice Anil R Dave, Mr. Justice A.K. Sikri, Mr. Justice R.K. Agrawal, Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Mrs. Justice R. Banumathi, says “mandate of our judgment was to hold centralised entrance test followed by centralised state counselling by the State to make it a one composite process.”

The apex court has made it categorically clear in its order that if any counselling has been done by any College or University and any admission to any medical seat has been given so far, such admission shall stand cancelled forthwith and admission shall be given only as per centralised counselling done by the State Government.

The Supreme Court order also places on record that at this stage the State Government has done the first counselling. However, the learned Additional Solicitor General has made a statement at the Bar that the State Government is ready to undertake the entire process afresh and assures that it would be completed by 30 September, 2016 which is the last date for admission.

On the assurance to the apex court on behalf of the State Government that the entire process of counselling would be undertaken afresh, the Supreme Court has observed that it is a proper course of action inasmuch as it will enable the private institutions to send their representatives at the place of counselling as per the information which may be displayed by the counselling authority forthwith at its website. Also placed on record is the assurance given by P.S. Narsimha, Additional Solicitor General that all seats, whether of Government Colleges or the private institutions, shall be filled up and no seat shall remain vacant.

On the prayer of the State Government to take action against the contemnor(s), the order says: “we do not intend to proceed further and discharge the contempt
notice.”