The Supreme Court today declined to grant interim relief in the matter of Tamil Nadu Medical Officers’ Association vs. Union of India.

The rejection of interim relief essentially means that until the outcome of the case, there will be no reservation for in-service doctors for postgraduate degree courses.

The petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Medical Officers’ Association was previously heard before a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Kurian JosephMohan M. Shabtanagoudar, and Navin Sinha.

This matter was referred to a larger bench earlier this month. The constitution bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices DY ChandrachudAshok BhushanAK Sikri and AM Khanwilkar now hearing the case said that the admissions for this year must go on without reservation for in-service doctors in degree courses.

One of the points of contention in this matter is whether the State has the power to provide reservation to in-service candidates in medical institutes for postgraduate degrees course.

The question that lies before the Court is whether the Centre has exclusive authority to legislate on the subject of admission and reservation of seats in medical institutes and whether it forms part of the concurrent list.

Another point of contention raised by the petitioner is that when provisions under the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 categorically provide for reservation for in-service doctors in diploma courses, then why is the same is not allowed for degree courses.

The rejection to grant interim relief till the case reaches its logical end will mean that the admission process for this year will see status quo in the procedure.

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