Allahabad: Subharthi Medical College, Meerut has been pulled up by the Allahabad High Court for denying a meritorious student admission in its MD medicine course by imposing a fine of Rs. 5 lakhs on Friday. The college authorities are believed to have denied him admission as he did not fulfill an alleged illegal demand of Rs.31.89 lakhs sought as bank guarantee by the college authorities.
The court also directed the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, and Training, Lucknow to institute an inquiry into the conduct of the director general, Medical Education, and Training.
The Division bench comprising of Justice Ajay Bhanot and Justice Tarun Agarwala were responding to a writ filed by Dr Mukhtar Singh, who had categorically alleged that he had made a specific complaint to the Director-General about the illegality of the demand but no heed was paid by him to the charge, and no action taken either.
The petitioner, who was initially given admission into the MD course in medicine on a pure merit basis had also submitted a bank draft worth Rs 29.44 lakhs to the college authorities, as per norms of the Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC).
This sum was allegedly paid for expenses like the complaint fee, court, tuition fee, hostel expenses, hostel security, and security deposit. However, the college authorities after payment of the mentioned sum to the petitioner’s surprise came up with a demand for Rs. 31,89,400 in the form of a bank guarantee. When the petitioner failed to comply, the admission was denied to him.
Persecuted in this manner the petitioner decided to move the High Court. The court after hearing the two sides concluded that the action on the part of the college of demanding an over and above bank guarantee on the amount fixed by the FRC in the form of a bank guarantee was in violation of relevant government orders and FRC recommendations, reports TOI.