On Tuesday, the Madras High Court has fined the Government of Tamilnadu and Medical Council of India(MCI) for their failure to ensure the surrender of 50% of postgraduate medical seats by unaided private institutions to the government, as mandated by law. The court had imposed a fine of Rs.1 Crore on each of them.
The Rs.1 Crore fine on TN Govt would go towards the Keeladi excavations in Sivaganga district and that of MCI would go to the Spastics Society.
Justice N Kirubakaran who has announced this also stated that the exemplary fines are handed over to the erring bodies to ensure that the law is common to all and is being followed without any prejudice. He has also set aside the NRI quota admissions done by the institutions for PG medical courses and said all quotas should be filled by the government,so that the deserving candidates does not lose out on their seats.
“Cost is imposed only to deter the authorities as well as the institution discharging the public function from violating the rule of law. Unless every procedure is put in place and a well-oiled mechanism is made operational, all the stake-holders and beneficiaries will be put to unnecessary hardship which has be avoided,” he said while also noting “The state government shall by notification include 50% seats in deemed universities, except minority institutions, in the counselling to be conducted for the government quota seats in self-financing medical colleges, 50% institution quota seats in deemed universities and management quota seats in self-financing medical colleges.”
For paying the fine, the court has set the dates to June 12th on which the court wil hear to ensure that their order has been complied.