MBBS admissions in Telangana: Supreme Court reverses High Court Order on GO 550
Hyderabad: Reversing the judgement given by the Telangana High Court earlier this month, the Supreme Court has now restored the GO Ms 550 para 5(2) issued by the Telangana Government with respect to medical admissions in the state. However, not wanting to disturb the current admission process, the Apex court decided not to disturb the medical admissions already made for the current year, state recent media reports
The Government order 500 has been a matter of debate since the beginning of admissions this year. GO 550 first came into the eye of a storm when this Government Order(GO), which mandating filling of vacancy of a medical seat by a student from the reserved category, only if the vacancy arose due to the decision of the student from the reserved category to move from the seat secured by him in open category, was stayed by a High Court division bench
The bench issued the stay on GO Ms 550 para 5(2) in response to a petition filed by Harshvardhan and others. The petitioners while pleading to the court stated that some reserved category students on the basis of their NEET ranking were allotted seats falling in open category (non-reserved), to which they said they had no objections. However, they expressed reservations about was the fact that these students after the allotment moved to another town and college, leaving the seats already allotted to them vacant, with a question mark on who the seats were to be now allotted. They wondered whether the vacancy created was to be filled by any student based on NEET rank or by a reserved category student alone.
Soon after the stay, the High Court quashed the Order. Giving final decision, the court clearly ruled that if a meritorious reserved candidate (MRC) prefers to abandon his open category seat and slides down to a seat in a college of his choice using his reservation facility, then the seat vacated by him should be filled by an open category candidate and not by a reserved category candidate.
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