Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, May 9:
The Supreme Court today directed Selvam Education Trust, which runs the Jarring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, to deposit Rs 2 crore by June 25 failing which a non-bailable warrant (NBW) will be issued against it.
A bench comprising of Justice Dipak Mishra and Shiva Kirti Singh while hearing the case directed the Chennai-based Trust to deposit the amount.
“The matter was posted for today for a specific reason. On April 19, the division bench had held and directed the Selvam Education Trust to deposit Rs 2 crore within four weeks. They were supposed to deposit but for various reasons known to them they could not deposit it. They filed an application for modification and recall which was strongly rejected by the court and directed the Selvam Trust to deposit the said amount on or before June 25 failing which an NBW will be issued against that. The matter was subsequently adjourned,” counsel Jitendra Mohapatra said.
Earlier, the apex court had directed Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust to deposit Rs 2 crore within two weeks before the Registry of Supreme Court within two weeks. The Registry was directed that the amount so deposited shall be kept in a short-term fixed deposit in the UCO Bank, Supreme Court Compound, New Delhi.
The bench had held that the Selvam Trust will have to shell out compensation for the 124 students. Besides, it had directed the three medical colleges to make sure these 124 students were provided all the requisite facilities and sought reports on compliance in two weeks.
While the Medical Council of India (MCI) had granted conditional approval to Sardar Rajas Medical College to admit 100 students for the 2013-14 academic year, the education body later barred admission as the college failed to meet the MCI norms.
The students were relocated to other private colleges in the state following the court order.
Notably, the Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust had established the Sardar Rajas Medical College in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode through the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC).