SC asks Vyapam whistleblower to appear in court to clarify queries
The Supreme Court asked Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai to appear in court on September 6 to clarify certain queries it has on his petition accusing the Justice RM Lodha Committee of overstepping its brief of monitoring Medical Council of India (MCI)india Updated: Sep 01, 2016 22:32 IST
The Supreme Court asked Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai to appear in court on September 6 to clarify certain queries it has on his petition accusing the Justice RM Lodha Committee of overstepping its brief of monitoring Medical Council of India (MCI).
Rai has questioned the committee’s decision to grant approval to hundreds of medical colleges without physical inspection.
The oversight committee was constituted by the top court, which criticised the MCI for its non-transparent style of functioning.
A bench of Justice AR Dave and Justice LN Rao said it wanted to ask Rai some questions since his petition appeared to be espousing the cause of the MCI that has also objected to the oversight committee’s approvals.
“After reading his petition, we felt as if we are reading MCI’s appeal,” the bench told the regulator’s counsel, senior advocate Vikas Singh, who sought an early hearing of the petition because the counselling session of the colleges will start on Friday.
Singh said MCI will also file its application against the clearances when the bench said the regulator has not challenged the move.
A Constitution Bench led by Justice Dave, in its May 2016 judgment, had invoked its rare and extraordinary powers under the Constitution to set up a three-member committee, headed by Justice Lodha.
The 165-page verdict had endorsed a Parliamentary Standing Committee report of March 2016 that medical education and profession in the country is at its “lowest ebb” and suffering from “total system failure” due to corruption and decay.
The committee also comprises professor Shiv Sareen (director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences) and Vinod Rai (former Comptroller & Auditor General).
Rai’s petition claimed the panel, in August, granted recognition and allowed colleges to increase student intake. The panel extended the time schedule for colleges to remove deficiencies.
The petition said the committee’s actions are in violation of the strict SC orders and also exhibited its failure to “take decisions which fulfil the test of reasonableness and which are in the larger interest of the public”.