January,14,2016: Coming down heavily on a Mysore based medical college for flouting its order by taking admission of students beyond its sanctioned strength, the Supreme Court has imposed a cost of Rs 5 Crore on it.
Justifying the punishment in terms of fine, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and R K Agrawal said that a strong message needed to sent to medical colleges that they could not violate its order with impunity.
It directed JSS Medical College to deposit the amount within four weeks.
Terming the conduct of JSS Medical college as most unfortunate the Court said “Since the College has also not complied with the orders passed by this Court in the above cited case and has permitted the students to continue their studies, to send a message to the College and other medical colleges, we are of the view that it would be appropriate if the JSS Medical College is directed to deposit an amount of Rs.5,00,00,000/-(Rupees five crores only) in the Registry of this Court within four weeks from today.”
“Since the college has also not complied with the orders passed by this court in 2012 and has permitted the students to continue their studies, to send a strong message to the college and other medical colleges, we are of the view that it would be appropriate if the JSS Medical College is directed to deposit an amount of Rs five crore in the Registry,” the bench said.
The court, however, allowed the students admitted by the college to continue with their studies. It said the students have completed four-and-half years of their MBBS course and it was not proper to pass order which would disturb their study.
It also said that for the academic year 2016-17, the college would be permitted to admit only 150 students as against the sanctioned strength of 200.
Read Full Text of Order Here-
January 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm
A harsher order involving far more hefty cost is needed against Union and various state governments that defy the top court’s order with impunity and in total disregard to their obligations towards people at large.