Securing admission on the recommendation of a minister proved costly for a second-year BDS student of Himachal Pradesh, who had to move the Supreme Court after the state High Court quashed her admission.
Taking a lenient view, a bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam has directed that Parul Tanwar be allowed to appear for her August 25 second-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) exam, subject to the final outcome of the SLP filed by her in the court.
Parul moved the apex court through senior counsel J S Attri after the high court quashed the decision of the state government to allow her to migrate from the private Himachal Institute of Dental Sciences, Paonta Sahib to the Government Dental College, Shimla from 2009-10 academic year on the recommendations of the State Health Minister Rajiv Bindal.
"The minister in charge in all fairness should have returned the application for being filed before the proper authority. He instead chose to make a positive recommendation in favour of Ms Parul Tanwar. It is obvious that his recommendation was made without even caring to see whether Parul Tanwar was even eligible for migration or not," the high court had observed.
Though rules permitted migration only on the fulfillment of certain condition, the same was reportedly breached after the minister recommended Parul's case.