The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday extended the stay on the proceedings initiated by the Punjab government to shift students of Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, to other colleges in the state, but dismissed the plea filed by the college.
The order came from the high court bench of justice RK Jain on the petition of the Chintpurni college, wherein, it had challenged the shifting of the students. The college had argued that virtually every inspection carried out by the Medical Council of India after the proposal of shifting of students was put before the high court in 2014 had not found any deficiencies in the infrastructure; hence, the students should not be shifted.
The high court dismissed the plea terming it “non-maintainable”, giving liberty to the petitioner to approach the higher courts. On the college’s request, it also extended the stay on shifting of students till April 12. The detailed order is awaited.
The government had initiated the process and decided to shift the students to six other colleges in the state. However, the college management got a stay from the Supreme Court last week, which now has been extended by the high court.
As many as 141 fourth-year students had approached the high court seeking that they be shifted to some other college in the state in 2014. As Punjab failed to initiate the process, they filed a contempt-of-court petition against the state government in 2015, which led to the state finally initiating the process of shifting of students in March this year.