KERALA

Issue Ordinance to tide over HC stay: SFI

KANNUR SEPT. 26. The SFI president, K.K. Ragesh, has demanded that the State Government promulgate an Ordinance to tide over the High Court stay on the Government order in respect of the 50 per cent merit seats in self-financing medical colleges.

Mr. Ragesh said in a statement here today that the latest High Court judgment had gone against the spirit of the verdict of the five-member Constitutional Bench interpreting the verdict in the T.M.A. Pai case. The Constitutional Bench had ordered that a fixed number of seats be reserved for the socially and financially backward students, he said.

He recalled the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony's earlier statement that the Government would take the legislation route to ensure 50 per cent merit seats in private professional colleges, whatever be the Supreme Court's verdict in the issue.

The Chief Minister was conniving with the private managements instead of introducing necessary legislation, he added.

Accusing the Government of not pleading the case in the High Court properly, he said that the fact that neither the Advocate-General nor the Additional Advocate-General had appeared for the Government in the case exposed the laxity on the issue.

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