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Monday, July 04, 2005

CET: Supreme Court refuses to stay High Court order

The Hindu News Update Service: "CET: Supreme Court refuses to stay High Court order
J. Venkatesan
New Delhi, July 4. The Supreme Court on Monday declined to stay the operation of a Madras High Court judgment quashing a Tamil Nadu Government order scrapping Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to medicine, engineering and other professional courses for the year 2005-2006.
A Vacation Bench of Justice D.M. Dharamadhikari and Justice S.H. Kapadia, while rejecting Tamil Nadu Government�s plea for interim stay of the High Court judgment, directed that the special leave petition be listed for hearing after the reopening of the court after the summer vacation.
When senior counsel P. P. Rao appearing for the State insisted for stay of the judgment, the Bench said �let admissions be made this year on the basis of the CET. You have issued the GO after holding the CET. In this situation, in the interest of the students, let admissions be made for this year on the basis of the CET.�
However, Rao insisted that in the interest of poor and rural students the court should entertain the matter. But the Bench pointed out that the High Court had quashed the GO only on the ground that the GO violated the various regulations issued by the Medical Council of India and the All India Council for Technical Education.
�How can you find fault with this order? You await the judgment of the seven-judge Bench(dealing with the education matter) and therefore you give a quietus of the policy decision for this year,� the Bench said and adjourned the matter after the vacation. "

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