These students will get Rs 10 lakh now

New Delhi, Nov 24: Amid the ongoing investigation into a judicial nexus in illegal medical college admissions, the Supreme Court directed a Lucknow-based college on Thursday to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students as compensation and sternly admonished a bench of the Allahabad high court for permitting the admissions.

According to a report in "The Times of India", The apex court asked the college to refund the admission fee paid by the students and slapped a fine of Rs 25 lakh to be paid to the SC registry. It also barred the college from admitting students for the next academic year of 2018-19.

Not mincing words while pulling up the division bench of the Allahabad HC for allowing the institute to admit students in violation of its order, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it was a case of "judicial indiscipline and impropriety".

Senior advocate Vikas Singh and lawyer Gaurav Sharma, appearing for the Medical Council of India (MCI), told the bench that the HC allowed admissions even though the college didn't have formal permission from the Centre and failed to consider that the college suffered from deficiencies in infrastructure, clinical material and faculty. Moreover, the HC ignored the earlier SC order restraining any interim order in this regard.

The apex court said the HC bench had virtually overruled the SC order, transgressing all rules and regulations. "It is most unfortunate, which may cause [an] institutional problem," the bench said and hinted that it may address the issue on the administrative side.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the college, said the institution should not be punished for the HC's wrong verdict but the bench remained firm.

A bench of the Allahabad HC was recently in the news after the CBI arrested a retired judge of the Orissa HC, I M Quddusi, for allegedly conspiring to facilitate a favourable order for a college run by Prasad Education Trust — also a Lucknow-based institution. Quddusi had earlier served in the Allahabad HC.