The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, to make admissions to MBBS course under “C” category (management quota) as per the merit list drawn and submitted by it before the court.
A division bench comprising Justice V Eswaraiah and Justice N Ravi Shankar granted an interim order on a plea by Chandra Sai Vasudha Annapurna and other aspirants for MBBS seats under the management quota alleging that the management had ignored merit and admitted the students who had paid higher premium for the seat.
The bench directed the management to admit the students in accordance with the merit list on Oct 20 from 10.30 am, and complete the admissions on the same day under the supervision of the NTR University of Health Sciences.
The bench ruled that the Vice-Chancellor of the NTR University shall depute two senior officers from the university to oversee the admission process.
The court told the university and the Apollo to inform the candidates, as per the merit list, about the admissions that are going to take place on Oct 20 through leading daily newspapers and also through the websites of the Institute and the university apart from putting it up on their notice boards. The candidates are also to be informed about the date of admissions through e-mail and also by post.
The bench earlier directed the Apollo Institute to place the merit list before the court. This order was challenged before the Supreme Court by some of the students who got admissions under the management quota. The apex court dismissed their plea. The Institute placed its merit list before the bench on Wednesday.
SR Ashok, senior counsel appearing for the Apollo Institute, submitted that if the merit list is implemented, some of the candidates who have been already given admissions have to be dropped.
Reacting to this, Justice Eswaraiah said, “We are of the opinion that the Apollo Institute is to be blamed for having violated the statutory rules in making admissions by giving a go by to the merit for the reasons best known to them. Further, the candidates who are illegally, irregularly and contrary to the rules have been admitted, have no vested right much less legal right to contend that they have to be heard in the matter. No right has been accrued to them as their very admissions were made contrary to the rules.”
The bench adjourned the case to Oct 29.