Supreme Court allows Union Government to replace MCI oversight committee

Jul 19, 2017 10:13 IST

The Supreme Court on 18 July 2017 allowed the Union Government to replace the Oversight Committee set up to supervise the functioning of the Medical Coucil of India (MCI) with a new committee of five eminent doctors.

The ruling was made by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.

The court's ruling came after the Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar gave the names of five doctors to be the member of the committee which include Director of AIIMS Randeep Guleria; Professor and Head of Paediatrics at the AIIMS V K Paul; Professor and Head of Endocrinology at the AIIMS Nikhil Tandon; Director of PGIMER at Chandigarh Jagat Ram and Director of NIMHANS B N Gangadharan.

The bench also ruled that the government can replace any doctor in the list with another if he does not wish to be a part of the oversight committee.

The term of the MCI oversight committee, headed by former Chief Justice R M Lodha, expired recently.

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Background
The MCI oversight committee was set up by the Supreme Court on 2 May 2016. It was constituted for a term of one year or till a suitable mechanism was brought in by the government to substitute it.

However, till date, no alternative mechanism was put in place by the government despite the fact that the oversight panel was to function for only one year or till a suitable mechanism was evolved.

Earlier this year, the Union Government informed the Supreme Court that it had taken steps to put the alternative mechanism in place, hence calling for the discontinuation of the Lodha Committee.

 

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