State government pleader Dhairyasheel Nalavade said at the time of counselling, students who had secured admission in the All India 15% quota in 2004-05 and 2005-06 were informed they would have to execute indemnity bonds as prescribed by rules of the college they were taking admission in.
The brochures of the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test also clearly stated that the student would have to give an indemnity bond of Rs 5 lakh.
Unfortunately, the colleges did not strictly implement it. “When the lapse was brought to their notice in 2007, the colleges started collecting the bonds from students,” Nalavade said. Of the 168 students, 149 (of 2004-05 and 2005-06 batches) have already signed the indemnity bond, Nalavade added.
The central government supported the state government’s stand. AD Shetty, advocate for the central government, said at the time of counselling, students were informed that rules of the concerned state where they were taking admission would prevail.
At the request of the students’ counsels, VM Thorat and Pooja Thorat, the high court clarified that if any student wanted to pursue his post graduation from another state, the Maharashtra government would extend the indemnity bond for a stint in a public hospital till the time the student completed the PG course.
After the hearing, Pooja Thorat said they would approach the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s order.