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Keep DMAT records: HC

india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 16:20 IST

THE MADHYA Pradesh High Court, in an interim order on Friday, directed that DMAT 2006 answer sheets and related documents should not be destroyed.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by the ABVP, a students’ wing of the BJP, and a writ petition by a student seeking, among other things, a CBI probe into the admission test.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice R S Jha also issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Medical Education Department, Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI), 13 private dental and medical colleges and others. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for December 8.

The counsel for petitioners, Purushaindar Kumar Kaurav and Neeraj Ashar, submitted that the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges didn’t follow the procedure after the Common Entrance Test in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling in the PA Inamdar case regarding common counselling and single-window admission system.

Besides, they said, the minimum criteria of 50 per cent marks or above (excluding the 10 per cent relaxation to students of SC, ST and OBC categories) laid down by the MCI and DCI for admission to MBBS and BDS courses have been flouted by private colleges.

According to the ABVP petition, up to 1730 rank in the DMAT have got 50 per cent or above marks. In his writ petition, Raghav Singhal who appeared in the DMAT and secured 1594th  rank, stated that the students whose rankings were 2620, 2563 and 3735, got MBBS seats, while he had been denied the same. He said that when he approached the R D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, he was asked to pay Rs 15 lakh. He said he was denied admission for failing to pay the hefty amount.

The PIL of the ABVP has sought that the admissions to private colleges through wrong means should be declared illegal and the meritorious students who had been denied seats unlawfully should be accommodated in the next session.