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Court asks state to file MCI pledge copy

Ranchi, Aug. 27: Hearing the case on the MBBS seat slash, Jharkhand High Court today directed the state to file an affidavit with regard to its undertaking given to Medical Council of India (MCI) on meeting its recommendations to upgrade the three medical colleges.

Appearing for the state, advocate-general R.S. Majumdar told the court that they had given an undertaking to the MCI on maintaining the medical colleges-cum-hospitals — RIMS in Ranchi, PMCH in Dhanbad and MGM in Jamshedpur — according to council recommendations.

The court of Justice S. Chandrashekhar asked the state to bring its undertaking on record via affidavit. The matter will be heard tomorrow.

The state also filed a petition today challenging the slash of 160 medical seats from three colleges. The petition will also be heard tomorrow.

In another development, Ranchi’s BJP leader Prem Kataruka also moved a PIL appearing in person before the court of Acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice P.P. Bhatt today. Kataruka told the court about the dearth of doctors in government hospitals and said seat-slash was no solution.

The court has issued notices to the Union and state government and the MCI to file individual replies.

Students in danger of losing their seats are continuing their dharna near Governor’s House. They started it on August 20.

JVM prod for PM

JVM principal general secretary Pradip Yadav today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union health minister Harsh Vardhan to bail out students in danger of losing their medical berths in Jharkhand. He also asked chief minister Hemant Soren to rise above petty political considerations and mount pressure on the Centre on behalf of students.