New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has directed authorities of J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) not to admit any candidate to MBBS-2012 course until further orders.
The directions were passed by a division bench of the apex court comprising Justices Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya and Ranjan Gogoi on a petition for special leave to appeal filed by the BOPEE against a direction by J&K High Court, issued on March 20.
While issuing a notice, returnable within ten weeks to the government, the bench stayed the direction of the High Court pertaining to it.
“The respondent will not admit any candidate to MBBS-2012 course until further orders,” the bench said in the order passed.
At least 21 seats have fallen vacant in Government Medical College Srinagar following cancellation of admission to as many beneficiaries identified by the Crime Branch in cash-for-paper scam of the Common Entrance Test 2012.
Subsequent to the direction by the High Court, the BOPEE initially said that only eight out of 21 candidates can be admitted in GMC this year.
At the same time, the BOPEE had expressed inability to fill up the remaining 13 vacancies this year, stating that as per its assessment, they can be filled up by candidates who are either pursuing non-MBBS courses like BVSc and BDS or may not be pursuing any course relevant to the field.
The Board said the 13 candidates can be admitted in session 2014 in GMC Srinagar, over and above the intake capacity, and that too subject to the approval by Medical Council of India and the state government, as the case may be.
However, counsel for BOPEE had informed the court that it will redraw its list about 21 candidates who will replace as many candidates.
Subsequently, the BOPEE moved Supreme Court by filing the SLP against the direction by High Court.
The orders by the High Court were passed in a suo-moto cognizance taken by the court following media reports.
During the course, government handed over the case to Crime Branch of Police which unearthed what is being termed as biggest scandal of BOPEE involving its former chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
So far, the Crime Branch has arrested 20 persons including the former BOPEE chairman and alleged brokers, Sajjad Ahmad, Haroon Rashid and Farooq Ahmad Itoo.