In a major reprieve to the city-based Clinical Research, Education and Management Academy (CREMA), the Bombay High Court on Friday quashed a criminal proceeding against it on the basis of a complaint lodged by one of its candidates.
The candidate, Dr Deepak Devade, had lodged the complaint saying the institute had cheated him because he had paid Rs 2.90 lakh towards
fees with a 100 per cent assurance of a job, but the institute had failed to secure a job for him.
A division bench of Justice B. H. Marlapalle and Justice Roshan Dalvi, however, held that no case of cheating was made out even if some of the candidates failed to secure jobs after undergoing such costly courses in institutes.
Apart from the failure to secure a placement, according to Dr Devade, the institute had also failed to provide him and other students, a six-month internship and a certificate from the William Harvey Research Ltd, UK.
He had alleged that both these things were promised at the time of admissions.
Two directors of the institute, Vijay Oza and Ramnad Nadig, had moved the high court seeking quashing of the allegation.
They had contended that the institute had never assured the students of 100 per cent job placement.
The MIDC police station had on December 30, 2009, registered a first information report against the institute, which offers advance courses in clinical research.