Govt seeks dismissal of contempt petition on medical college issue

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Chennai, Sep 6 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Government today informed Madras High Court that it had issued ''Essentiality Certificate'' to the Deen Dayal Medical and Educational Trust to start a Medical College and sought to dismiss the contempt petition filed by the Trust.

The Trust, represented by its Chairman and Managing Trustee T D Naidu, filed the contempt petition stating that even after the High Court directed the state government to pass orders on the question of issuing 'Essentiality Certificate' to the Trust within four weeks, the government had not obliged.

He contended that the court had passed the order on April 16, 2008, directing the government to consider his representation and pass orders on merits and in accordance with law on the essentiality of starting a medical college by the Trust, within a period of four weeks.

However, the state government failed to issue any order, he said and prayed that the court punish the State Health Secretary and Director of Medical Education for willful disobedience of the court order.

When the matter came up for hearing today, Health Secretary V K Subburaj, in an affidavit, informed the court that the court order had been complied with and the Government had issued the 'Essentiality Certificate' on August 29.

He submitted that he never disobeyed the High Court or any other court at any point of time. ''If this court comes to the conclusion that I have committed contempt, I hereby tender my unconditional apology.'' He prayed that the court be pleased to purge me out from the above contempt proceedings and dismiss the contempt petition.

A division bench comprising Justices P K Misra and S Kannan posted the case to September nine for further hearing.

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