MP HIGH Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Union Health Ministry, the Medical Council of India and others on a public interest litigation plea of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) challenging the ‘essentiality certificate’ issued by the State government to the Mayank Welfare Society Indore.
The PIL contended that the certificate was issued to the society confirming that it was running a 300-bed hospital and providing facilities prescribed by the MCI, while in fact it did not have them.
The PIL doubted the integrity of the officials, who issued the certificate ignoring the fact that the hospital and college buildings were still under construction and sought direction to keep operation of the certificate in abeyance till the finalisation of the case.
By issuing the certificate, the government has cleared way for the society to run the medical college, which was against the norms, the PIL alleged. A division bench comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice S C Sinho heard the petitioner’s counsel P. K. Kaurav who argued that the government has failed to verify ground realities before issuing such certificate and had violated the norms.