NAGPUR: In some respite to the MBBS aspirants under ESIC quota, the Nagpur bench of on Tuesday allowed the Director of Health Services (DGHS) to publish merit list for second round of admissions. However, its publication would be subjected to the final orders of the court. The respondents were directed to submit merit list in HC by August 2.
The court had stayed MBBS and BDS admissions under the ESIC quota on July 20 on a petition of student Dhole and her brother Raju as she was denied admission under ESIC quota. Through counsels Tushar Mandlekar and Rohan Malviya, she contended the entire process undertaken by the ESIC was non-transparent and non-judicious. The first round for admissions were completed on June 22 without disclosing the merit list of applicants under ESIC quota.
“Subject to outcome of petition and without prejudice to contentions of petitioners, we permit respondents to declare the list of candidates successful in securing seat in second round. Copy of list with merit of such candidate shall be made available for perusal of this court on next date,” Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Zaka Haq said before adjourning the hearing till Thursday.
Earlier, Director General of Health Services’ (DGHS) assistant director (Medical Education) Dr B Srinivas filed an affidavit through counsel Mugdha Chandurkar ruling out any foul play in admissions process and clarifying it had no authority to include names of candidates on its own.
Explaining the DGHS role, he said it was responsible only for allotment to MBBS/BDS seats to the eligible and qualified candidates. “As per ESIC’s requests, DGHS is conducting online counselling for seat allotment on the basis of list supplied by ESIC itself. In case any amendment/changes with regard of eligible candidates are received from ESIC, DGHS has to follow the same,” Dr Srinivas said adding that Dhole’s name was included in the list of eligible candidates by ESIC.
The allotment process for second round was completed and results were declared on July 12 but it was withheld due to HC’s interim remain. The seat allotment would be subject to the merit and choice filled up by the candidates before start of second round.
Dr Srinivas informed that second round’s registered candidates list was uploaded on Medical Counselling Committee’s (MCC) website on Tuesday and their names were included as provided by ESIC at the time of registration. The aspirants who lost the case in Kerala HC were removed.
Last week, ESIC filed an affidavit warning that any relaxation to Dhole would be detrimental to interests of all others who satisfied the eligibility criteria. It pointed out that admission under the quota for wards of insured persons (IPs) is not a benefit mandated under the Act but an extra facility for which the ESIC is competent to frame eligibility criteria as it deems fit.
ESIC special pointed out that Dhole failed to satisfy the eligibility criteria in admission policy for 2017-18 and her similar plea last year in same bench was dismissed.
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