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Apr 04, 2013 at 03:09pm IST

Will urge MCI to act against colleges accepting money to book seats, says Health Minister

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said he would ask the Medical Council of India (MCI) to act against PG medical colleges, which have been accepting money to book seats for students even before the medical entrance exam results were declared. His statement came a day after a CNN-IBN sting operation exposed how PG medical college seats were on sale with some being sold for as much as Rs 3 crore.

The minister also urged the Supreme Court to take a decision on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) issue soon as it would help solve the problem. The NEET results are likely to be delayed as the MCI on Thursday sought more time from the apex court to make a written submission. The Supreme Court has hinted at considering extension of dateline for admission and interim order could be announced in the next two weeks.

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Former IPS officer and anti-corruption activist Kiran Bedi also urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance of the CNN-IBN sting operation. "I want to hold bureaucracy responsible for failing to set up sufficient number of medical colleges in the country," she said.

Meanwhile, the ITS Dental College, one of the colleges where the sting operation was conducted, has issued a statement. "We strongly deny any booking of seats. This year also this test is being conducted in accordance with the decision of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. Mr Anil Kumar handles academic program office and personnel department work and is not handling any admission related work," it said.

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