SC quashes Kerala ordinance on medical college admissions

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The Supreme Court has quashed a Kerala government ordinance that was issued to accommodate 180 students in Kannur Medical College and Karuna Medical College in Palakkad.

The government had passed the Kerala Professional Colleges (Regularisation of Admission in Medical Colleges) Bill 2018 to regularise the admissions to the self-nancing medical colleges in 2016-17. The SC on Wednesday observed that the ordinance interfered with judicial authority.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also termed it as unconstitutional. Kerala's health minister KK Shylaja said she welcomed the order. The ordinance was promulgated to safeguard the students' future,” she added.

On March 22 last year, the apex court had cancelled the admission of 180 students in Kannur and Karuna medical colleges due to irregularities in the procedure. Kerala government then promulgated the ordinance in April but the apex court found it unconstitutional.