Strongly opposing the fact that the National Medical Commission (NCM) has not filed its situation report since June of this year, as requested by the court regarding a Mangadu medical school in Chennai which is said to be operating without a license, registration or appropriate facilities, the Madras High Court asked the chairman of the commission to explain why action should not be taken for his “unacceptable and inappropriate conduct”.
At the last hearing, the court gave the commission two weeks as a last chance to file the progress report or face contempt proceedings. However, the commission asked for more time despite this, which angered the first bench consisting of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge PD Audikesavalu.
“Despite the order dated August 26 and the considerable time given to NMC to file a progress report, no scraps of paper had been received from the Commission although the lawyer representing this Commission apologized profusely and it does not appear that the lawyer has any control over the client.
“The president of the NMC must file an affidavit when the matter appears alongside the reasons why appropriate action should not be taken against the president for the totally unacceptable and inappropriate conduct of the NMC in this matter despite several orders, including including the immediate previous order of August 26, ”held the judiciary while publishing the case to September 30.
The progress report, in whatever form, was also due on the adjourned date, the judiciary added.
The plea accused the Sri Muthukumaran Educational Trust of operating a medical education facility without a license or registration or even proper facilities. However, the trust had claimed that the petition was a cut and paste job of a previous petition which was dismissed by the court with costs of Rs 1 lakh.
In such circumstances, the judiciary has been asking NMC to file its progress report since July. The court had asked the commission to explain whether the trust had the authorization to operate the establishment as well as its position as a medical establishment managed by the said trust and the allegations made against it in the petition.