Lucknow: In an important decision taken to put a curb on false promises made by colleges, the Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the admission of 150 medical students and asked the college in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to each of them.
The college run-by GCRG Memorial Trust had made false promises to students regarding infrastructure and other facilities available in the college and took admission without formal permission from the government.
The Supreme Court in its order delivered Thursday also ordered the college to refund the fees to the students and deposit Rs 25 lakh as fine to the SC registry.
It also said an Allahabad High Court order allowing the college to admit the 150 students for this academic year, despite the Medical Council of India (MCI) concluding that it had indulged in “unethical and callous” practices in respect of patients and even admitted fake patients, was against the principle of judicial propriety, according to The Hindu.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh and lawyer Gaurav Sharma, appearing for the Medical Council of India (MCI), told the bench that the HC allowed admissions even though the college didn't have formal permission from the Centre and failed to consider that the college suffered from deficiencies in infrastructure, clinical material and faculty. Moreover, the HC ignored the earlier SC order restraining any interim order in this regard., according to The Times of India.
The college appealed to the Supreme Court that it should not be punished as it took admissions only after the High Court allowed it, but the top court refused to entertain this argument.
The Supreme Court order comes amid an ongoing investigation into a judicial nexus in illegal medical college admissions.
A bench of the Allahabad HC was recently in the news after the CBI arrested a retired judge of the Orissa HC, I M Quddusi, for allegedly conspiring to facilitate a favourable order for a college run by Prasad Education Trust — also a Lucknow-based institution. Quddusi had earlier served in the Allahabad HC.
Quddusi has been accused by CBI of offering "legal guidance" to the promoters of the private medical college on how to get around the admission ban and even promising suitable orders from the apex court.