The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday granted a stay against the order of the Punjab State Information Commission dated March 12, vide which the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) was declared a public authority under the Right to Information Act.
The commission had passed its order on two complaints filed by Rohit Sabharwal of Ludhiana and Dr Sandeep Kumar of Hisar in Haryana.
The complainants had claimed that being a charitable institution, the DMCH was availing itself of certain exemptions, including house tax, income tax and stamp duty. The commission held that this amounted to indirect funding by the state government, thus the DMCH was a public authority.
The DMCH challenged the order in the high court saying the commission had no jurisdiction to review its earlier decisions, so it was not a public authority.
The DMCH petition was taken up for hearing by the bench of Justice TS Dhindsa, who granted the stay against the order of the commission, while issuing notices to the commission and the two complainants for July 24.