The administration accepted before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday that official records did not show receipt of any representation from Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, ostensibly on the basis of which UT medical education and research secretary, Anil Kumar, had ordered the creation of one SC seat out of six NRI seats for admission to the MBBS course at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.
The administration’s additional secretary SK Setia, however, informed the court that some representatives of the SC category had personally met Kumar putting forth their demand to create one SC seat in NRI category.
After going through the administration’s reply, the court headed by justice GS Sandhawalia ordered that the NRI petitioner, Kurrun Singh Sekhon, should be granted provisional admission in the MBBS course 2014-15 in GMCH-32 on Wednesday itself.
Senior standing counsel submitted, “The candidate can be given provisional admission. The matter ...regarding reservation can be decided later.”
The court said it was admitting the petition for hearing with regular cases as per its turn as there was now no such urgency in the matter. The petitioner had challenged Kumar’s June 19 order submitting that Kumar ‘…himself is a member of the scheduled caste’ and he had passed the order of creating a seat for an SC in the NRI quota ‘unilaterally at his own level without getting approval from the UT administrator’.