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MP HC cancels CAT procedure, orders forming new committee

Written by: Staff

Jabalpur, July 4 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh High Court today cancelled the Common Admission Test (CAT) procedure for admission into private medical and dental colleges in the state besides a three-member monitoring committee instituted by the government.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Anang Kumar Patnaik and Justice Suresh Chandra Sinho gave the directions while partially admitting a petition filed by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

The court also directed the government to form a separate three-member committee under retired Justice Chadresh Bhushan to look into the CAT and to ensure transparency, secrecy and bias in examination.

Petitioner's counsel N S Kale told the court that the Supreme Court had directed the state government to conduct CAT for admission into private medical and dental colleges and to form a three-member committee under a retired Supreme Court Judge to monitor the CAT.

However, the state government did not follow these instructions and formed a different three-member committee as per administrative requirements, which was inappropriate and illegal.

Mr Kale pointed out that as per the apex court's instructions, the committee's chairman must be a retired Supreme Court Judge appointed by the High Court.

The court directed medical and dental colleges to complete entrance and admission procedure for the current academic session under the supervision of a high-powered committee before September 30.


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