Many secured seats despite possessing multiple nativity certificates: petitioner
The Madras High Court has decided to delve deep into the validity of admissions made last year in MBBS with respect to students who had obtained nativity certificates from revenue authorities in Tamil Nadu as well as from other States in order to try their luck in securing a medical seat in either of the places. Justice N. Kirubakaran has directed the High Court Registry to list for hearing on Monday a batch of cases related to the issue. The order was passed after holding a brief hearing through video conferencing from the Madurai Bench on Thursday. In the meantime, he directed a Special Government Pleader (SGP) to produce relevant files.
During the course of hearing held on Thursday, counsel representing one of the writ petitioners brought it to the notice of the court that a prospectus issued for MBBS admissions for the academic year 2017-18 had clearly stated that nativity certificates of the candidates should have been issued by the jurisdictional Tahsildars.
“Yet, hundreds of students had produced nativity certificates issued to them by Deputy Tahsildars and the selection committee constituted by the Director of Medical Education too had accepted those certificates issued by the subordinate revenue authorities and granted admission to all those students. This is ex-facie illegal,” he contended.
Though the revenue officials ought to have conducted an elaborate enquiry with respect to the nativity of every applicant before issuing certificates to them, the counsel claimed that no such enquiry had been conducted which was evident from the fact that the certificates had been issued within a few days from the date of application.
In reply, SGP T.M. Pappaiah contended that the Revenue Manual empowers the Deputy Tahsildars also to issue nativity certificates and sought time to produce all the records for the perusal of the court. He disputed the allegation of many students having obtained the nativity certificates fraudulently by bribing the revenue officials.
After hearing them, the judge said that he would prefer to hear the case in detail when he comes down to Chennai on Monday.