Medical degree certificate not marketable commodity, cannot be withheld for unfulfilled bond terms: Madras HC
Providing relief to around 25 PG doctors, whose original certificates had been retained by the medical colleges on the ground that they had not completed their bond terms, the Madras High Court bench has recently clarified that unfulfilled bond conditions cannot be the sole ground for withholding original education certificates of students.
Therefore, issuing a direction to the medical colleges and the State Directorate of Medical Education to return back the documents, the bench comprising of Justice GR Swaminathan noted, "It is well settled that an Educational certificate is not a marketable commodity, therefore, there cannot be exercise of any lien in terms of Section 171 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872. It has been held in catena of cases that management cannot retain the certificates of the students."
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