HC stays rd contracts given to tainted firms SC refuses to hear plea challenging NEET ordinance
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was questioned by the Bombay high court on the work permits given to contractors facing criminal charges over irregularities and its delay in taking action against them. The court has now stayed the contracts of four bridges in the city until June 9.
A division bench of justice Bhushan Gawai and justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, hearing a PIL on the irregularities in awarding contracts to defaulting contractors, noted that even though the police registered a case on April 27 against several defaulting contractors, the officers of the department concerned took action only after 21 days.
The court also noted that in the meantime, a few of these contractors were given fresh contracts for the construction of four bridges — Hancock bridge, a bridge across Mithi river, a bridge at a junction at Yari Road and Lokhandwala back road and an ROB at Vikhroli railway station.
The SC refused on Friday to hear petitions challenging the NEET ordinance, saying such a move might create confusion among medical aspirants. “Let us not create further confusion on entrance examination and let students appear for test with certain amount of certainty... We will hear plea after the vacation,” a vacation bench of justice PC Pant and justice DY Chandrachud said. The ordinance had exempted Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab for one year from the ambit of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for medical colleges.