Chennai: The Madras High Court has directed
the Tamil Nadu government to keep one seat vacant in the
Bachelor of Dental Surgeons course in a self-financing college
for the daughter of a Kargil hero.
Justice K B K Vasuki passed the order on a petition by M
Lokapriya, daughter of armyman, K Manickam, killed in the
Kargil war in 1999.
Lokapriya, hailing from Madurai and represented by her
mother R Malliga, in a writ petition had sought a direction to
the state Directorate of Medical Education to have her
admitted in the first year BDS course in a government college
for the academic year 2010-11, under a special reservation.
Claiming admission on a priority basis, she submitted
that the government had passed a special order in 1999
recognising the armyman`s service. She did not fall under the
category reserved for children of ex-servicemen, she said.
However, the government advocate contested the girl`s
claim and submitted that the special reservation fell under
the quota meant for ex-servicemen`s children.
Counselling for existing vacancies in government colleges
was over on July 31 and all the seats had been filled, the
advocate said and contended that as the petitioner did not
secure the required cut-off mark, she was not considered under
reservation for children of ex-servicemen.
The Judge said in her view the dispute involved was
whether the special reservation granted in favour of the
petitioner fell within or outside the reservation for children
of ex-servicemen and had to be decided in the main petition.
Considering the nature of the petitioner`s claim and
circumstances in which the GO came to be passed, the court was
inclined to give the direction to the Selection Committee, the
Meanwhile, counselling for seats for vacancies in
self-financing colleges has been fixed for August 23 and 24.