Madras HC warns of CBI probe in filling of medical PG seats – The New Indian Express

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Smelling a rat in how private medical colleges in Tamil Nadu filled vacant management seats for postgraduate (PG) courses in 2020-21, the Madras High Court on Monday asked why a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe should not be ordered.

The first bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy raised this question when a writ appeal filed by G Selvarajan, former secretary of the selection committee for medical admission attached to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME), came up for hearing.

Referring to an order dated February 22 — in which the court gave the chief secretary two months to freeze Selvarajan’s (since retired) pension benefits, register an FIR against all persons (middlemen), private medical colleges, and officials of DME and the health department, and provide a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to two aggrieved candidates who had filed a petition the court directed the State Government Pleader (SGP) to inform it on what action has been taken as two months are about to lapse.

The bench also asked whether the chief secretary has initiated an inquiry against Selvarajan, and wanted the SGP to clarify the circumstances under which a government order was issued to ratify the period of two months when there was no order for extension of Selvarajan’s services.

The parties to the petition have been directed to seek instructions as to why the matter should not be referred to the CBI, the bench said, and posted the matter to April 21. The matter pertains to a scam in filling 90 of 113 PG vacancies in 13 private colleges in the State without holding mop up counselling for 2020-21.

A single judge, while hearing petitions filed by the two candidates, had ordered an inquiry by the CB-CID. The probe unearthed non-adherence to the Supreme Court’s directions on medical admission, and an unholy nexus between the selection committee secretary, other officials, and private medical colleges.

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