Supreme Court denies to increase medical seats in Maharashtra under 10% EWS quota

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The Supreme Court on Monday (June 10th) refused to entertain applications seeking modification of its June 4th directions related to admissions to Post-Graduate medical and dental courses in the 2019-20 academic year in Maharashtra.

A vacation bench of justices Indra Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi said the seats available after the apex court’s order staying the notification to grant 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), should be filled strictly according to merit.

Advocate Nishant R Khatneshwarkar, 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 the apex court in its June 4th 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 the direction by, which the 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 making their application on March 5th, 2019.

The apex court on June 4th directed the Maharashtra government to conduct final round of counselling by June 14th for admissions to PG medical and dental courses in the 2019-20 academic year.

The apex court had earlier threatened contempt proceedings against Maharashtra government officials for “virtually overriding” its order staying 10% quota to students of EWS in admissions to PG medical and dental courses in 2019-20.



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