HC stays rd con­tracts given to tainted firms SC re­fuses to hear plea chal­leng­ing NEET or­di­nance

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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.

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