Docs may face contempt if strike continues, says SC

While matter was sub judice, no protest could be done on quota, said the court. Will SC's intervention make any difference to it?

india Updated: May 30, 2006 16:10 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its displeasure that the agitating medicos did not pay heed to its appeal to call off their ongoing strike.

"We specifically said yesterday, for larger public interest, the ongoing strike should be called off. On the contrary, opposite is going on.

"We are not concerned at this stage about the Government policy. We are concerned at this stage about the plight of the people," a vacation Bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice LS Panta said taking suo motu note of the developments.

The court order came as the majority of senior doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were on a daylong fast to express their resentment against the proposed 27 per cent quota for other backward classes (OBCs) in institutes of higher education.

The bench said, "We are told that they (agitating students) are continuing with the strike. If they are over-reaching our orders, they are in for a surprise. It can amount to contempt."

The apex court said since the matter was sub judice, no comment, protest and agitation could be done on the issue.

The Court asked the Government to file a memorandum before it on Wednesday giving details of the latest position vis-a-vis the ongoing strike and protest.

First Published: May 30, 2006 02:53 IST