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HC: Allow Gardi students to attend classes

A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ajit Singh has delivered a decision in favour of students of R G Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, who had filed contempt petition against the institution a month back.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 00:18 IST

A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ajit Singh has delivered a decision in favour of students of R G Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, who had filed contempt petition against the institution a month back.

Asking the contemnors that is College Director Dr V K Mahadik and Dean Dr G K Sharan to file a reply on the contempt, the court asked them not to prevent the petitioners from attending classes on the ground that they have not paid the fees in accordance with the February 2006 notice, so long as they have paid the fees as fixed by Dwivedi Committee.

In all 44 students had filed a petition against the college in 2004, which was demanding a fee of Rs. 4.28 lakh per annum under various heads. This was against the Justice Dwivedi Committee recommendations that said that management quota students should pay Rs 1.64 lakh a year only.

When the college refused to follow the set fee structure and demanded a whopping Rs 2 lakh more, the students filed a writ petition at Jabalpur bench through their counsel Aditya Sanghi. The division bench of Chief Justice Raveendran and Justice Shantanu Kemkar in their order issued on February 2, 2005, granted the decision in favour of students.  
 
Despite receiving court orders to charge fee of Rs 1.64 lakh annually, the college administration issued a fresh circular to all the management quota students of 2003-04 batch on March 10, 2006 and asked them to deposit fee at the rate of Rs 3.50 lakh annually.

The circular said that students would not be allowed to sit in classes till the deposits were made. As a result, the students filed a contempt petition against the college notice.