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SC to hear plea against Justice Lodha Committee on MCI on Monday, 29th August,2016

SC to hear plea against Justice Lodha Committee on MCI on Monday, 29th August,2016

New Delhi : On Monday, 29th August, 2016 , the Supreme Court will hear a plea contending that the top court appointed oversight committee headed by former Chief Justice R.M.Lodha was going beyond its mandate of monitoring the work of Medical Council of India (MCI).

Petitioner Anand Rai, who is credited for exposing the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh, has contended that Justice Lodha Committee which also comprises former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai and Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences Director Shiv Sarin has reversed the MCI and Health Ministry’s rejection of a large number of applications by medical colleges without undertaking any fresh inspections.

His PIL says that Justice Lodha Committee “not only (acted) in contravention of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution” but took decisions not fulfil the test of reasonableness and being in larger public interest. It flagged Justice Lodha Committee’s grant of recognition and increasing the intake of students including extending time schedule of admissions.

The bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the matter would be heard by the bench headed by Justice Anil R.Dave.

The constitution bench comprising Justice Dave, Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice R.K. Agrawal, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice R. Banumathi had set up Justice Lodha Committee, which, it had said, “will function till the Central Government puts in place any other appropriate mechanism after due consideration of the Expert Committee Report”.

While setting up Justice Lodha Committee to monitor the working of MCI including discharge of its statutory functions, the bench had relied on a Parliamentary Standing Committee which had observed that the “MCI was repeatedly found short of fulfilling its mandated responsibilities. Qualify of medical education was at its lowest ebb, the right type of health professionals were not able to meet the basic health need of the country”.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare which examined the existing “architecture of the regulatory oversight of the medical profession” had said in its report, that “MCI was not able to spearhead any serious reforms in medical education. The MCI neither represented the professional excellence nor its ethos. Nominees of central government and state governments were also from corporate private hospitals which are highly commercialised and conduct unethical practices in order to extract money from hapless patients”.

The report was submitted to Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on March 8

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  1. Congrats dr Anand Rai , keep it up . M C I had issues particularly rg corruption and nepotism . Only dedicated teachers should be part of any committee. Practitioning doctors with pvt establishments wil have their own agenda . Modern India needs modern medical doctors not AYUSH doctors who r practicing modern medicine through back door entry .

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    Jayadev Betkerur August 29, 2016, 8:59 am

    Judges sit in their AC chamber and depend on hearsay to comment on such issues. How can they lift ME, Which according to them is at it\’s lowest ebb, by permitting colleges which do not fulfill basic criteria. They can as let go a rapist if he gives assurance and undertaking not to repeat it ,as justice Lodha has done.
    I wonder who the owners of these MCs are.

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    Balbhadra Dhagat August 27, 2016, 3:26 pm

    Judges remain unhurt even after taking several years to deliver wrong verdicts very often, only to be overruled by higher courts or larger bench. Does the Oversight Committee think that the same methodology can be adopted in permitting medical colleges?

Source: IANS

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