Writ filed against dental council president

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A writ of Quo Warranto has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to show cause under what authority Anil Kohli is holding the office of the president, Dental Council of India (DCI).

In his petition, George Paul of Fairlands, Salem, submitted that he was a registered medical practitioner. Dr. Kohli ought not to have been nominated a member of the DCI as he had become a member of the council by way of a nomination by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in June 2009.

The Dentists Act enabled each State to nominate one member, who was a medical practitioner in that State. But, no Union Territory could nominate any member.

Dr. Kohli, though not validly nominated, contested and was elected in July 2009. As his election as a member was void, his election as president would also be void.

The court ordered notice returnable in two weeks.