Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the state government for giving a wrong disability certificate to an aspiring dental student.
However, Ankita Jangam, who had filed the petition against Directorate of Medical Education and Research`s decision not to admit her to dental course, could get no
relief as government point out that she was not eligible even with a corrected certificate.
She moved the court when doctors at state-run Grant Medical College (GMC) said that her lower limbs were only 35 per cent functional, making her ineligible for BDS course. She challenged the certificate, relying on certificate given by All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which said her lower limbs were 55 per cent functional.
Court then ordered Pune-based BJ Medical College to examine her, which said that she had 42 per cent functionality in lower limb. Eligibility demands more than 40 per cent. However, government pleader Dhairyashil Nalavade argued it that examination by BJ doctors also found that she had lost some power in upper limbs too, which, as per DMER rules, made her ineligible.
Court then dismissed her plea, but took doctors at the GMC to task for issuing an incorrect disability certificate. Saying GMC doctors` approach was "casual" and
"negligent", the court slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the state government that runs the GMC.