AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court came to the rescue of a student who was being denied admission to a medical college in Jalna only because he had not been able to pay the fees within the August 5 deadline.
The student, Mohammed Saif Patel, of Nanded, had bagged the seat in the first round of admissions, but his parents were able to arrange the Rs 7.2 lakh fees only late on August 5. Mohammed’s father is a small-time lawyer while his mother is a homemaker. He has four younger siblings who are studying.
Mohammed, through his lawyer Quadri Taher Ali, contested that his father had to take a loan from an acquaintance to pay for his admission. “As August 6 was a Sunday, Mohammed requested the college administration to accept the fees on August 7. He was, however, told by the college that the last date for accepting the fees had already expired,” Ali said.
The division bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice Nitin Sambre, on August 18, observed that Mohammed was a meritorious student. “We are of the view that in the interest of justice, the petitioner deserves to be granted interim relief by directing DMER (Directorate of Medical Education and Research) and the medical college to accept the fees from the petitioner… if the seat is vacant after the second round which will be declared on August 19,” the court said.
Mohammed had bagged the seat in merit with the Institute of Medical Science, Badnapur, Jalna district, through NEET UG 2017 on August 1. According to the schedule declared by DMER, he was supposed to deposit the fees on or before August 5.
“Acting on the directives of the HC to the medical college as well as the DMER on August 18, the college readily gave admission to the student on August 19 and it was confirmed on the payment of fees in the evening,” the lawyer told TOI on Tuesday.
Citing the Supreme Court judgement in Ashish Ranjan and others vs. Union of India and others case, Ali said the gap between the first round of counselling /admission to the last date of joining should be 10 days, whereas in the present case it was only five days.