High Court of Tripura

Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Friday issued an interim order in a case filed challenging the allotment of seats under OBC category for medical college admissions and said no candidate could be admitted even if counselling could be continued.

Swapnanil Chowdhury had filed a petition challenging the legality of reservation system made by the Tripura government under OBC quota for medical college admissions.

The state government had reserved 3 seats for OBC candidates for admission in Regional Institution of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and 10 seats for the financially-weaker sections in Agartala Government Medical College.

Public prosecutor Debalaya Bhattacharya said that from the seats reserved for the state in Tripura, the financially weaker class candidates did not get the benefit of reservation in any seat.

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The Medical Council of India had allotted an additional 25 seats to the financially-weaker sections for the Agartala Government Medical College this year. From there 10 seats have been reserved for the OBC category.

Also, RIMS would accept admissions following central law.

However, the counsel of the petitioner, Arijit Bhowmik claimed that the state legislature had not amended the law to provide for the financially weaker sections.

“It was found that 3 seats were reserved for OBCs in RIMS and 10 seats for financially weaker sections in Agartala Government Medical College. The state has reserved a total of 48 per cent seats of which 31% is for scheduled tribes and 17% for scheduled caste in the present system. However, no law has been enacted in Tripura to reserve seats for OBCs and the financially weaker sections”, Bhowmik said.

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He said the central government had amended the protection law in parliament in 2019. It has a 10 per cent reservation for the financially weaker sections.

“No amendment had been passed in the Tripura assembly to introduce the law in the state. So, Swapnanil Chowdhury, my client had filed a case in the Tripura High Court challenging the reservation system in the admission process,” Bhowmik added.

The first hearing in the case was held on November 25. The Chief Justice of the High Court, Akil Kureshi had issued a notice seeking a reply from the Tripura government. The Tripura government responded to the notice on Friday.

After hearing the questions and answers of both the parties, the Chief Justice issued an interim order and instructed that counselling for admission in medical will continue, but, no candidate can be admitted in that reserved seat. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for December 11.

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