A Division Bench of the A.P. High Court comprising Justice V. Eswaraiah and Justice N. Ravi Shankar on Wednesday ordered an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the admission process taken up by the Apollo Medical College, taking students into the management quota of the MBBS course.

The bench cancelled the admission of 34 candidates made by the college.

The judgment with far-reaching consequences for private medical colleges in the State was delivered in a batch of writ petitions filed by students complaining that the management had manipulated the process.

They said that candidates with less merit had been selected and that the admission process had not been transparent.

The bench had called for records and reports from the statutory authorities.

The applications, connected documents and notices allegedly sent by the college were thoroughly scrutinised by the bench.

The 52-page judgment declared that 34 candidates possessed less merit than the first 40 in the merit list of 97 candidates.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences were directed to take appropriate action for violating undergraduate medical education regulations of MCI and for cancellation of permission and affiliation of the Apollo Medical College.

The CBI was directed to conduct an inquiry and take action against the concerned in accordance with the law without any loss of time, under the direct supervision of the concerned Joint Director of CBI.

The court declared that it was constrained to give this direction with regard to the procedure adopted by the Apollo Medical College especially in the light of the contentions of petitioner students, who alleged that 40 students were admitted without reference to merit by collecting capitation fee.

All the records were directed to be given to the CBI from the Registry of the court so that inquiry could proceed forthwith.