Writ Petition (Civil) No. 590 of 2013. Case: Manohar Lal Sharma Vs M.C.I. and others, (With I.A.No.2 in Special Leave Petition (Civil) No.28480 of 2012). Supreme Court
|Case Number:||Writ Petition (Civil) No. 590 of 2013|
|Party Name:||Manohar Lal Sharma Vs M.C.I. and others, (With I.A.No.2 in Special Leave Petition (Civil) No.28480 of 2012)|
|Judges:||K.S. Radhakrishnan and A.K. Sikri, JJ.|
|Issue:||Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 - Section 10A|
|Judgement Date:||September 12, 2013|
K.S. Radhakrishnan, J.
We are, in these cases, concerned with the legal validity of the approval granted by the Medical Council of India (for short "the MCI") dated 15th July, 2013 for renewal of permission for admission of the third batch of 150 M.B.B.S. students at Chintpurni Medical College & Hospital (for short "the College") for the academic year 2013-14. The above mentioned College was established during the year 2011-12 and it admitted 150 M.B.B.S. students for that year. Renewal of permission for the second batch was sought for the academic year 2012-13. The MCI carried out an inspection on 19/20th April, 2012 and noticed various deficiencies and, in addition, one fake faculty was also presented before the Inspection Team. Copy of the assessment report was placed before the Board of Governors of the MCI. The Board of Governors, therefore, issued a show cause notice dated 20.6.2012 to the faculty, stating as follows:
Chintpurni Medical College & Hospital, Pathankot was assessed on 19th and 20th April, 2012 by Assessors of MCI and you have been shown as Associate Professor in the Department of Chest & TB. It was declared in the declaration form submitted to MCI by the College authorities of Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital, Pathankot that you have joined the college on 07.06.2011 and have joined the college on 07.06.2011 and have been working in the department of Chest & TB since then.
Simultaneously, you were produced before the assessment team of MCI on 20th and 21st April, 2012 at S.N. Medical College, Agra as Associate Professor in the Department of Chest & TB and it was declared in the declaration form submitted to MCI that you have joined in the college on 19.04.2012.
Since, it is clear that you have been working at both the medical colleges simultaneously, you are required to explain as to why action be not taken against you for the above said misrepresentation.
You are therefore directed to appear before the Secretary, Medical Council of India on 25.06.2012 along with your explanation failing which Council would be free to initiate action as deemed fit including cancellation of registration.
MCI also sent a letter dated 22.06.2012 to the Medical College stating that the deficiencies pointed out by the Inspection Team of the MCI on 19/20 April 2012 were of serious nature and, hence, Board of Governors had decided not to renew the permission to admit 2nd batch of students, however, the Medical College was given an opportunity to present their case on 25.06.2012.
The College, in response to the letter, sent a compliance report dated 23/25-06.2012. The Board of Governors of the MCI, after considering the assessment report, nature of deficiencies and the explanation submitted by the College in the personal hearing, finally decided not to grant renewal of permission for admitting fresh batch of 150 M.B.B.S. students for the academic year 2012-13. Communication dated 27.06.2012, in this regard, was sent by the MCI to the College.
The College then filed Writ Petition No.12368 of 2012 before the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the order dated 27.06.2012 seeking a writ of certiorari to quash the decision taken by the Board of Governors of the MCI on 22.06.2012 and 27.06.2012 and also for a direction to admit the second batch of MBBS students for the academic year 2012-13. The learned Single Judge of the High Court passed an interim order on 02.08.2012 directing the MCI to conduct another inspection to assess the deficiencies pointed out earlier. Aggrieved by the same, the MCI filed LPA No.1228 of 2012 before the Division Bench of the High Court. The LPA was disposed of by the Division Bench on 10.09.2012 nullifying the decision of the Board of Governors of the MCI dated 29.05.2012 and directed a fresh inspection after giving an opportunity of hearing to the College and it was permitted to place all materials before the Inspection Team. Aggrieved by the same, the MCI preferred Special Leave Petition (c) No.28480 of 2012. By the time, the direction issued by the High Court was carried out and an inspection was conducted by the MCI Team and not much major deficiencies were noticed and the assessment report of September 2012 was placed before the Board of Governors on 21.09.2012, which accepted the report. The said fact was brought to the notice of this Court and this Court disposed of SLP(c) No.28480 of 2012 on 27.09.2012.
Operative portion of the order reads as follow:
....... However, learned senior counsel appearing for the MCI stated that in obedience to the direction of the High Court the inspection was conducted on 19.09.2012 and the report of the Inspection Team was accepted by the Board of Governors on 21.09.2012. Under such circumstances, we find that there is no impediment in granting permission for the 2013-14 batch. Appropriate admission orders, therefore, be passed within one month.
The MCI, in obedience to the direction issued by this Court passed an order on 25.10.2012 granting permission to the College for renewal of permission for admission of the third batch of MBBS students for the academic year 2013-14. The MCI, in the meantime, conducted a routine inspection on ½ April, 2013 to verify whether the Medical College is maintaining infrastructure, facilities, faculty and clinical material etc. or not and certain deficiencies were noticed and conveyed to the College directing them to rectify the same and submit a compliance report. The College then submitted its compliance report, which was placed before the Board of Governors in its meeting held on 19.06.2013, and the...
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