SC rejects plea contending MCI oversight by Lodha committee

New Delhi [India], Sept. 6 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea contending that the top court-appointed oversight committee, headed by former Chief Justice RM Lodha, was going beyond its mandate of monitoring the work of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The petition was filed by Vyapam whistleblower Anand Rai, who alleged that the committee overshot MCI and the Health Ministry's disapproval of hundreds of applications made by medical colleges without conducting any "fresh" inspection or assessment.

The apex court has asked the petitioner to give representation to Justice Lodha committee itself. The constitution bench of the Supreme Court led, by Justice Anil R. Dave, in a judgment in May 2016, had set up a three-member committee, headed by Justice Lodha, to oversee the functioning of the MCI for at least a year.

Source: ANI