A High Court case regarding admissions to two private medical colleges in the State has led to a tiff between the Health Department and the office of the Advocate-General. The row began after the Court asked the Department to file a response in the case. While the Department claimed that it was not informed about the Court’s directive, the AG’s office said it had sent three letters to the Health Department seeking their response.

The fallout happened over the State government asking the Medical Council of India (MCI) to cancel the registration of two self-financing colleges. The two colleges, Kannur Medical College and Karuna Medical College, were the only two institutions that stayed out of the admissions agreement between the State and self-financing medical colleges. Sources in the Health Department said the admissions supervisory committee for medical colleges found violations in admissions to the college for the year 2012-2013. The Health Department declined to give the essentiality certificate.

Registration

The Health Principal Secretary, in a letter to the MCI and the concerned universities, had said the department could not assume responsibility for admissions to the college. The State then asked the MCI to cancel the registration given to the colleges. Both colleges approached the High Court questioning the State government’s order. The Health Department too filed a response in Court on the matter.

Violation of rules

Trouble began after the colleges withdrew the case. The universities decided to take action against a few students who it found were admitted in violation of admission rules. The students filed a case questioning the universities’ decision, in which the Court again asked for the Health Department’s response.

Health Department officials said that they were not informed about the first case being withdrawn and the Court seeking the department’s response in the second case. Officials alleged that the AG’s office had kept them in the dark to aid the college managements.

A member of the AG’s office said they had issued three intimations to the Health Department seeking their response in the case. “Records of these letters are available at the High Court,” he said.

In the absence of a response from the department, the High Court issued an interim order staying the universities’ moves. In between the arguments, the Health Department filed its response to the Court earlier this month.