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College’s Decision to Readmit Doctor Deemed Unlawful by High Court, Reported by ET HealthWorld

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College Bats To Reinstate Doc’s Admission Held Illegal By Hc, ET HealthWorld

In a recent development at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) in Bengaluru, efforts are being made to reinstate Dr. Pradeep Naik G in the MD (respiratory medicine) seat, despite his admission being deemed illegal by the Karnataka High Court in February 2022. The court had ruled that Dr. Naik’s seat should be allotted to Dr. Rajesh Kumar D, the petitioner in the case, and dismissed Naik’s appeal in March, which was further upheld by the Supreme Court.

Following the court orders, the Karnataka Examinations Authority withdrew Dr. Naik’s admission order. However, RGICD indicated in a letter to the principal secretary of medical education that they have decided not to relieve Dr. Naik of his MD course until further government orders. The institute highlighted a vacant seat under the All India Quota for the academic year 2021-22 and sought clarification on whether Dr. Naik could continue his course or should be relieved pending further directives.

RGICD director Dr. C Nagaraj mentioned that Dr. Naik has expressed his tenure of two-and-a-half years at the institute and requested to be considered for the vacant seat. Principal Secretary Mohammed Mohsin noted that the government is weighing the circumstances and considering both sides before making a decision in a meeting involving various stakeholders, including DME Sujatha Rathod, who emphasized the importance of honoring the court’s decision while evaluating the situation on humanitarian grounds. The government is exploring all options before reaching a conclusion on Dr. Naik’s future in the MD course.

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