SC says pre-med test or­di­nance not proper, but re­fuses to stay it

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com Rahul Ma­ha­jani rahul.ma­ha­jani@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Supreme Court on Thurs­day re­jected a plea seek­ing a stay on the com­mon med­i­cal en­trance exam or­di­nance, say­ing it would just cre­ate more chaos, but crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment for al­low­ing states to by­pass it.

“What you have done is not in good taste. Prima fa­cie, the or­di­nance was not proper. This is dis­turb­ing,” a bench headed by jus­tice AR Dave told at­tor­ney gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi. It said it would be re­view­ing the va­lid­ity of the or­di­nance, which “was in doubt”.

The top court had on May 9 ruled that ad­mis­sions to MBBS and BDS cour­ses at all gov­ern­ment and pri­vate med­i­cal col­leges this year would be done through the Na­tional Eli­gi­bil­i­ty­cum-En­trance Test (NEET), in the process scrap­ping the var­i­ous ex­ams con­ducted by state gov­ern­ments and pri­vate col­leges.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra anti-ter­ror­ism squad (ATS) on Thurs­day ar­rested a 31-year old sus­pect from Parbhani, who was in touch with an Is­lamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) han­dler in Syria. Sources said he was get­ting ready for an “op­er­a­tion” when he was picked up by the anti-ter­ror agency’s Au­rangabad unit.

ATS sources said they have ar­rested Naser Bin Yafai Chaus — a civil con­trac­tor from Parbhani — af­ter it came to the fore that he was rad­i­calised by for­eign han­dlers of the ISIS and he was in touch with them us­ing var­i­ous cha­t­rooms for the past one year. Sources said he had plans to go to Syria to fight for the ISIS.

Af­ter the sus­pect was kept on the ATS’s radar, they mon­i­tored him and found he was in touch with one Faroque from Syria on so­cial me­dia. He also cre­ated mul­ti­ple IDs to en­ter var­i­ous chat rooms used by the for­eign han­dlers of ISIS. The ATS in­ves­ti­ga­tions so far have also pointed to pos­si­bil­i­ties of Chaus pre­par­ing for an at­tack based on the in­struc­tions of his for­eign han­dlers. So far, ISIS has not man­aged to strike in the coun­try and many of their mod­ules have been busted by se­cu­rity agen­cies, in­clud­ing the state ATS and the Na­tional In­ves­ti­gat­ing Agency (NIA).

The ATS has filed a case un­der sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and un­der the sec­tions of Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Pre­ven­tion) Act (UAPA), 1967. He has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till July 20 by a lo­cal court in Au­rangabad.

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