The Bombay High Court has given their final verdict that the Maharashtra Government rule of a student to have both domicile certificate and 10 and 12 examination certificates from the state for the admission under state quota is valid. The Maharashtra government made it mandatory for aspirants to the state quota seats of undergraduate medical courses to not only be domiciled but to have done both the board examinations, tenth and twelfth, from schools and colleges located in the state.
The decision, by a bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre, clears the path for the state to proceed with admissions now by implementing the new rules that favours local students who passed both board examinations in Maharashtra, for the 85 per cent seats under a state quota.
As per the report, this verdict displaces 31 students who were granted admission in the state quota after a June 15 Nagpur HC bench order which relied on a notice issued by state Common Entrance Test Cell that exempted students who completed their tenth standard board examinations in other states.
According to the sources, the Mumbai High Court declined a plea by advocate Pooja Thorat to allow these 31 students to hold on to their state quota seats for at least two days to enable a challenge before the Supreme Court.
The state advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni opposed any interim relief to students once the rules were held valid. The bench agreed. The HC said, if any relief is now granted, it would put the students who genuinely qualify for state quota seats to “immense hardship”.