SC warns MCI of contempt action

SC warns MCI of contempt action

The Supreme Court has castigated the Medical Council of India (MCI) and other regulatory bodies for “flouting” the order of courts and warned them of contempt action or CBI enquiry.

The apex court stated that the action would follow if they continued to mislead with regard to renewal of permission for admissions of students to medical colleges.

A bench of Justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan took a stern view of the situation after noting the differences between the stand by the counsel, representing the regulatory bodies, and the papers submitted by them.

Dealing with a petition by Madurai-based Best Dental Science College Ultra Trust and another, the court said, this was an “exceptional” case wherein the Dental Council of India (DCI) flouted the order of the court and the government for renewal of admission permission to the college, established in 2006. 

“After hearing many similar matters involving the issue of grant of renewal or permission where the MCI, DCI and the Veterinary Council of India (VCI) are one of the parties, we have taken judicial notice of the fact that the council/authorities are not complying with the orders of this court as also the high courts,” the bench stated.

The court said when such matters are heard, some statements are made before this court by the counsel appearing on behalf of these government authorities but on the other hand, totally different facts are brought by those counsel on papers.

“This is one of the instance where this court has not only been misled but also some incorrect statements have come from the Bar. We, therefore, warn the parties to be very very careful and vigilant while making statements or submissions before this court in future. Otherwise, this court shall be constrained not only to initiate contempt proceedings but also direct a special CBI enquiry as to why things are being done in such a way,” the bench warned.

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