In a setback to the state government, a division bench of Gujarat High Court on Monday quashed the new rule introduced earlier this year giving 100% preference in admissions of medical students on NRI quota of Gujarat. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) had challenged the new law citing injustice to meritorious students from other states.
The division bench led by Acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel held that the new law was unconstitutional and ordered to quash it. The PIL was filed by Kolasani Sai Yaswanth Reddy, a resident of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh through the lawyer Gunvant Thakar.
Thakar said that the court held the decision of the Gujarat government was “unreasonable” and against the Article 14 of the constitution. He said that after this order the state will have to give admission in self finance colleges on merit. The PIL had challenged the provisions in sub clause (i) of clause (4) of sub rule C of Rule 7 of the Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Courses (Regulation of Admission and Payment of Fees) (Amendment), 2015.
The new amendment was notified on May 29 which gave primacy to the candidates or parents who are domicile of Gujarat in the NRI quota. Reddy had prayed for quashing of the new provision as it would deny admission to his 17-year-old son and many other students from outside the state.