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Unauthorised college, council told to pay Rs10 lakh in damages to dental student

High court says 19-year-old Abdul Jabbar lost four years of his academic life due to their illegalities

mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2018 00:16 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
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The high court asked the state and central governments to take criminal action against the offenders.(Picture for representation)

The Bombay high court directed a purportedly unauthorised educational institution from Aurangabad and an academic body from Delhi to pay Rs10 lakh as compensation to a 19-year-old from Nanded who lost four years of his academic career because of their illegalities.

The division bench of justice RM Borde and justice Vibha Kankanwadi penalised the college and the academic body last week in view of the fact that Abdul Jabbar lost four years of his educational life – in passing Class 11 and Class 12 from College of Life Technology, Aurangabad – purportedly recognised by the Council of Higher Secondary Education at New Delhi and two more years in pursuing Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course in Parbhani.

“The loss occasioned to the petitioner in terms of wastage of precious years of educational life cannot be compensated in terms of money,” said the bench adding, “But, the respondent nos. 4 (the college) and 5 (the council) cannot be allowed to go scot free.”

Jabbar had approached the high court challenging a decision of the Maharashtra University of Health Science (MUHS) declaring him ineligible to pursue a BDS course. Besides, he had also sought damages from and penal action against the college and the council.

Jabbar had completed Classes 11 and 12 from the College of Life Technology, which in turn had issued him a certificate of the Council of Higher Secondary Education. The MUHS, however, refused to recognise the college and the council as authorised academic bodies.

Noticing the wrongdoings of the college and the council, the high court also directed the state and the central government to initiate criminal action against them.

The bench noted that innocent students like the petitioner had fallen prey to the mischievous business of the college and the council, “whose existence cannot be considered as a legal and valid.”

“The respondent nos. 4 and 5 are instrumental in destroying the career of students and causing irreparable loss to them,” said the bench. “Several students like the petitioner have lost precious years of their educational life as a result of the illegal activities of respondent nos. 4 and 5, as such, they deserve to be penalised by initiating appropriate action penal, or otherwise, against them by the Union of India as well as the State of Maharashtra,” it added.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 00:16 IST