Monday, March 4, 2019

Hon’ble Delhi High Court seeks Centre & MCI’s response on petition challenging notification barring disabled person from taking up UG programme

Advocate Ira Gupta

On Tuesday i.e. 26.02.2019, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court asked the Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) to file a reply on a petition challenging a notification which barred more than 80% disabled persons from taking admission in UG medical education programmes.

A division bench comprising of Hon’ble Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Hon’ble Mr. Justice V. Kameswar Rao refused to stay the notification, saying that no affected persons have approached the court challenging the notification.

The Court has listed the matter for further hearing on April 4.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Satendra Singh through Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal.

The petitioner has challenged MCI’s notification declaring aspirants having benchmark disabilities of more than 80% as ineligible for admission to undergraduate medical education programmes.

The petition claimed that the decision is “highly irrational, arbitrary & discriminatory”.

The petitioner has sought to set aside the notification as it has attacked the dignity of persons with benchmark disability and is in gross violation of equality.

The petitioner has argued that the Central Government and the MCI have failed to state the legitimate aim which they seek to achieve by making persons having more than 80% disability ineligible from taking MBBS examination.


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