HC notice to MCI on denial of MBBS admission

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Jabalpur, Oct 17 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued show cause notice to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and four others for denying admission to a candidate on merit while admitting a candidate with less mark, in a private medical college of Indore.

A division bench of Justices Deepak Varma and K S Chouhan issued the notices yesterday on a petition filed by Shivali Bharuka of Indore challenging the admission of a candidate with less mark after collecting 'heavy amount' as donation.

Besides MCI, notices were also issued to Medical Education Secretary, Association of Private Medical and Dental Colleges of Madhya Pradesh, MP DMAT and Indore's private medical college.

Miss Bharuka challenged denial of admission to her despite being ranked 871 in the DMAT examination 2007.

During the first counselling on July 10, the petition said she was offered admission in BDS, but she rejected it and opted for MBBS. In the second counselling on August 26, DMAT handed her a letter offering MBBS admission in Indore's private medical college on availability of seats.

Petitioner's counsel Aditya Sanghi said after receiving the letter, Miss Bharuka frequented the college almost daily between August 28 and September 29 inquiring about admission, but the college administration adopted dilly-dallying tactics denying her information.

A telegram sent by the college administration on September 28 was received by her at 1800 hrs on that day. The college informed that in the event of failure to complete the admission procedure on the same day, another candidate may be given admission.

Immediately after receiving the telegram, the petitioner, on reaching the college, was told by the staff that the office time was over and she could come the next day. However, the next day she was informed about holidays on Saturday and Sunday. The college office was found closed on October 1 and 2.

On October 3, the college administration told her that another candidate was given admission in MBBS course as she did not turn up on September 28. The petitioner alleged that the candidate who was given admission scored much lower marks in DMAT while heavy amount was collected as donation.

UNI

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