Illegal allotment of PG seats: HP High Court asks to act against erring officials

Shimla (NG News)
Himachal High Court on Tuesday directed the Principal Secretary (Health) to conduct a probe and fix responsibility against the erring officials for concealing availability of two seats at IGMC Shimla and Tanda Medical College.

It is pertinent to mention here that the officials had concealed availability of two seats

of Preventive and Social Medicine and Pathology in the open counseling for filling up PG seats in IGMC, Shimla and Dr RPGMC Tanda for in-service candidates and had allotted these seats to two other candidates, lower in merit to the petitioners.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on petitions filed by Dr Disha Sharma and Dr Pankaj Katoch.

Though no relief was granted to the petitioners, however, the Court observed that there may be more meritorious candidates other than the two petitioners also. But the lapses on part of the officials could not be ignored, who acted in the most callous and negligent manner in carrying out admissions.

The court directed that henceforth, the admissions to PG (MD/MS) courses shall strictly be in consonance with the prescribed procedure. The schedule for admissions shall be religiously followed and vacant seats falling to respective courses and quotas shall be notified at least a week earlier to the next counseling by displaying the same on College notice board and its website. The respondents have also been directed to carry out admissions on the basis of merit and maerit alone in a fair and transparent manner.

The court had directed the Principal Secretary (Health) to hold inquiry and submit his report by December 31, 2014.

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