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WB to appeal against SC verdict on NRIs
December 21, 2004 20:51 IST
The West Bengal government on Tuesday told the state Human Rights Commission it will appeal against a Supreme Court order scrapping the admission of 69 non-resident Indians to two state-run medical colleges.
The government made a submission before the commission that it will take the matter to a larger bench of the court to restore the 'right of education' of the NRI students.
The commission had wanted to know what the state is doing to ascertain that the right of education of the NRI students is not hampered, commission Chairperson Justice Shyamal Sen told media persons.
Deposing before the commission, Director of Medical Education C R Maity and Deputy DME Santanu Banerjee said the appeal will be made in the first week of January when the case comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court.
"We had been summoned by the Commission today [Tuesday] and we have explained the state government's stand on the issue. However, since the matter is subjudice, I cannot comment any further," Maity told media persons later.
Justice Shyamal Sen and commission member Amit Sen conducted the 40-minute hearing.
"The DME has told the commission that the state government is exploring alternative ways to provide them [the students] education in the same stream through some other means," Justice Shyamal Sen said.
The commission also met a seven-member representative team of the NRI students, which said it will appeal before the same bench of the Supreme Court to plead for the students' right to education.
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