Recounselling stayed

The High Court has stayed the recounselling for admission to postgraduate medical courses (in-service candidates of the Department of Health and Family Welfare) scheduled for June 15.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna, ordered on Thursday status quo on the counselling held initially on May 17.

Dr Sonia and others had moved the bench against the order of the single judge who had ruled that the May 17 counselling be conducted afresh. Consequently, the Department of Health and Family Welfare rescheduled the counselling for June 15.

It had also cancelled all the seats allotted to the in-service candidates in the previous counselling.

During the hearing, the counsel for the petitioners referred to the single judge’s ruling that doctors with three years’ service can appear for counselling.

The Karnataka Civil Services Rules, however, stated that doctors, who were recruited directly, should have completed five years to take up PG studies, the counsel submitted. And those recruited on contract absorption should have completed six years.

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