HC puts on hold appointment of ‘self styled’ registrar dental council

HC puts on hold appointment of ‘self styled’ registrar dental council

SRINAGAR: With government saying that the dental council will be constituted within two weeks, the high court has put on hold appointment of its registrar.
“Since dental council is yet to be constituted, the appointment of respondent no. 8 (Dr B. Ahmad) as Registrar shall remain on hold,” a single of bench of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat said and issued a notice to Dr B Ahmad, seeking his reply to a petition claiming that he was a “self-styled” registrar of the council.
The petition has been filed by four dentists, one of them, Dr Javaid Iqbal Qunango, is the state secretary of the Indian dental Association (J&K chapter). They claim that no authority or individual can act as member or registrar of dental council before it’s constituted.
“Dr B Ahmad, styling himself as registrar/secretary of the J&K dental council, has got a notification published in a local daily, inviting applications from eligible persons for registration as dental hygienist and dental mechanics in the state,” they said and urged the court to quash the notification issued by him on January 19.
Meanwhile, the court granted government two weeks time to report about constitution of the dental council.
The direction followed submissions by additional advocate general M I Dar that the process about the constitution of the dental council was under process and things may shape up within two weeks. The petitioners were represented before court by advocate S R Hussain.

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