THE Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain applications seeking modification of its June 4 directions related to admissions to Post Graduate medical and dental courses in the 2019-20 academic year in Maharashtra. A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi said the seats available after the apex court’s order staying the notification to grant 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS), should be filled strictly according to merit.
Advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar, appearing for the Maharashtra government, and the counsel representing the State’s Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell told the bench that they were following the law laid down by the top court in the admission process for PG medical and dental courses. One of the applications filed by some students in the court had sought modification of direction passed by apex court in its June 4 order by which it had said no further plea on admissions to PG medical and dental courses in 2019-20 academic year in the state would be entertained by any court.
The other application had sought modification of direction by which court had said that no student will be permitted to change his or her preference for allotment of seat given by them at the time of application on March 5, 2019. The application on the direction related to any further challenge had said the Bombay High Court is presently seized of a matter related to challenge to an Ordinance promulgated by Maharashtra in May on reservation of seats for admission in educational institution in the State for socially and educationally backward classes. It had said that the petitioner had first approached the apex court against the Ordinance but they were asked by the court to move the High Court. The application had said the apex court should clarify that its June 4 order would not come in the way of high court deciding the plea challenging the validity of the Ordinance.