Quota: Govt's explanation sought
Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments as well as the Medical Council of India (MCI) on a public interest litigation by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation seeking direction to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the striking medicos.
The Centre also sought direction to declare the strike by the medicos against the central government's proposal to reserve seats for other backward classes (OBCs) in institutions of higher learning as illegal.
A division bench comprising judges Vijender Jain and SN Aggarwal asked the respondents to file their replies by June 1.
Prashant Bhushan, centre's counsel, urged the court to direct the MCI to take action against the striking doctors for violating the professional code of ethics.
The centre submitted that the court should direct the government to take action against those doctors who were forcing colleagues and medical students belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes to join the strike.
The petition said that the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court had already declared as illegal the strike by the doctors.