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"Petitioners have approached Court at the eleventh hour": Bombay HC refuses to stay physical conduct of MUHS UG medical exams

The exams are slated to be conducted on September 8. The Court noted that there was only one working day between today and the day the exams begin.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Bombay High Court today refused to stay the physical conduct of examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic for final year undergraduate medical students of the Maharashtra University of Health Science, Nashik, (MUHS) (Namrata Ashok Karade & Ors. v State of Maharashtra & Ors).

While rejecting a prayer for interim relief in the matter, a Bench of Justices AA Sayed and SP Tavade observed,

"The examinations are to be held from 8 September 2020. In our view, the Petitioners have approached this Court at the eleventh hour. There is only one working day between today i.e. 5 September 2020 (Saturday) and 8 September 2020 (Tuesday). Hence, we are not inclined to grant any ad- interim relief staying examination."
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The PIL petition has been filed by nine under-graduate medical students from various streams at MUHS.

The plea sought the withdrawal of a Circular dated August 21 for the physical conduct of the examination. The petitioners had submitted that there are about 10,000 students who are slated to appear for the examination as per the time table published by the MUHS.

The Court, however, rejected the plea for interim relief while also taking note of the Supreme Court's recent judgment dismissing petitions against the conduct of the JEE and NEET exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

All the same, the High Court has listed the matter again to be taken up on September 17.

Advocate Kunal Kumbhat along with Advocate Sanket Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioners. Counsels Priyanka Patil, PP Kakade and MM Pable appeared for the respondents.

Earlier, the High Court had also declined to stay the conduct of final year dental exams for MUHS students.

Read the order passed today:

Namrata Ashok Karade & Ors. v State of Maharashtra & Ors.pdf
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