Legal Correspondent

Petition was filed by Deen Dayal Medical and Educational Trust

Process to be completed by September 30, 2009 but no action taken

NEW DELHI: Even as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has come into limelight for its role in putting an end to collection of capitation of fees by medical colleges in the country, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the MCI on a writ petition from a medical college questioning the inordinate delay and discrimination in inspection after completion of all formalities.

A vacation Bench of Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice Aftab Alam issued notice to the MCI returnable in three weeks on a writ petition from Deen Dayal Medical and Educational Trust, after hearing its counsel K.K. Mani.

According to the petitioner Trust, it got Essentiality Certificate from the Tamil Nadu government to start a medical college on August 29, 2008 and since then it was requesting the MCI to conduct an inspection and send its report to the Centre so that the college could start the courses from the academic year 2009-2010.

On March 6, 2009 the Government of India issued instructions to the MCI to process the application and arrange inspection of the petitioner Institution for grant of permission and send its recommendations. In the said communication, the Government of India noticed that out of six applicants who had submitted Consent of Affiliation after September 30, 2008, in respect of three such institutions, the MCI had agreed to process the applications but in respect of the other three, including the petitioner, the MCI declined to conduct the inspection.

The petitioner said that a reminder was sent on April 20 pointing out that hundreds of crores of rupees had been spent for the establishment of the college and that the process was to be completed by September 30, 2009 but no action was taken due to the discriminatory attitude of the MCI. Hence the present petition.

It sought a direction to the MCI to inspect the Institution and submit its recommendations to the Government of India for taking further steps for grant of permission to it to establish a medical college with an annual intake of 150 students during the current academic year 2009-10.