The Punjab government on Friday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it had no plan to take over the management of Banur-based Gian Sagar medical college.
During the resumed hearing of a petition filed by some students seeking start of their classes, Punjab advocate general Atul Nanda said the state was not aware of the liabilities of the college. It does not have an expertise and also the money to enter into such a venture, Nanda said, responding to a court’s query as the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust failed to submit details about trustees and its financial status among other details on the second deadline given by the court of Friday.
A new advocate appeared before the bench of justice RK Jain for one of the trustees. The lawyers from petitioner students’ side objected to it as the advocate failed to divulge details about the trustees.
Later, the high court bench adjourned the hearing for Monday observing that it won’t let play college with the future of hundreds of students and gave last chance to the management to give details about trustees and financial status of the college along with the revival plan. It also orally asked the state to work out modalities for shifting students to other college.
The court was told that the process to shift students may take a month as the state has to prepare a proposal and send it to the Medical Council of India (MCI), which in turn would take it up with the Central government. Since the shifting of students may take time, the better option would be to take over of the management by the government, it was stated.
On May 1, the HC had asked the college management to submit a revival plan by Friday. The order came after the government told the court that the college had failed to produce any documentary evidence of the old trustees having resigned and new ones having stepped in. The college management also failed to submit the revival plan on April 26.
The college faculty and paramedical staff are on strike since February 1 over non-payment of salaries.
The government had given a week’s time to the management to reply to a show-cause notice for cancellation of essentiality certificates to run courses by May 1, but the college failed to respond to that as well.
Last month, BJP leader Swaran Salaria took over the management of the trust, but later backed out. The college management is presently headed by Barinder Bhangoo — daughter of Nirmal Singh Bhangoo, main accused in the ₹45,000-crore chit-fund scam by Pearls Group— and her husband Harsatinder Singh.