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Students' pleas to allot MBBS seats rejected

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, NOV. 26. The Karnataka High Court on Thursday rejected a batch of petitions filed by students urging the court to direct the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell to allot seats in medicine to them in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College in Bangalore.

The petitioners, Furkhan Ali and seven others, had sought seats in the college after the High Court overturned the decision of the Medical Council of India (MCI) not to permit the college to admit the students to the MBBS course during 2004-05.

The college had challenged the ban on admission in the High Court. A Division Bench had expressed divergent views on the case and it was referred to a third judge.

The third judge had held that the MCI could not refuse permission for admission. The petitioners approached the CET after this judgment and asked it if fresh counselling would be conducted and they would be allotted government seats in the college.

The CET said there was no question of counselling and admission as the last date for admission had ended. The petitioners urged the court to direct the CET Cell to conduct counselling and allot them seats. They also sought extension of the last date for admission. The CET said it was bound by the MCI and Supreme Court decision on deadlines for admission. It said the last date for admission to medical courses was September 30, 2004. Hence, no fresh admission could be made. It said the college could not be included in the seat matrix, as the MCI had denied admission. When the High Court struck down the MCI decision, the deadline for admission was long gone. Moreover, the petitioners had no basis to file the petition and it was liable to be dismissed.

While rejecting the petitions, Justice R. Gururajan said admissions made after the last date would mean disobeying the law. He said it was not possible for this court to extend the last date for admission.

Apology

The editor of a Kannada weekly published from Hosadurga in Chitradurga district tendered an unconditional apology to the court on Thursday after it initiated contempt proceedings against him for writing a malicious article against a Junior Magistrate First Class.

H.M. Rajanna, editor, printer and publisher of Goravina Kallu had written an article against the Hosadurga JMFC.

The Registrar-General of the High Court had initiated contempt proceedings against Mr. Rajanna. A Division Bench comprising Justice B. Padmaraj and Justice B.S. Patil accepted the apology and disposed of the petition. It directed Mr. Rajanna to publish the apology in the weekly and also apologise to the JMFC.

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