The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) elections, which were held in July 2011, have been declared void. Admitting in the Punjab and Haryana high court that the said election was 'vitiated due to procedural lapses', the government declared it annulled.
One of the contestants, Dr Parminder Singh Brar of Khanna, had challenged the election when his pleas were not entertained either by the PMC or by the government.
Dr Brar, who had lost the election mere 30 votes, had filed a writ (no 17352/2011) in the high court alleging bogus voting and other malpractices. To prove his point, he produced evidence obtained from the medical council under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. On December 2, 2011, the court directed the Punjab government to take decision on his representation within eight weeks, but when the government did not act, Dr Brar filed a contempt petition which prompted the government to appoint National Rural Health Mission managing director Raj Kamal Chodhary, as inquiry officer to probe the allegations.
The inquiry officer submitted his report on May 6, in which he concluded that the council election was marred by malpractices and was liable to be declared void.
Principal secretary, medical education and research, appeared in the court personally on May 8 and submitted that accepting the report of the inquiry officer, the election of PMC, conducted in 2011, was declared void. She also assured the court that steps shall be taken immediately for conduct of fresh election.
Dr Brar welcomed the verdict stating that it was the victory of truth.