The Supreme Court Friday stayed the Bombay High Court order which had halted the directive by Centre and the Maharashtra government to hold combined counselling of students for admission to MBBS and dental courses in accordance with the merit list of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
“Prima facie, we are of the view that the High Court should not have stayed the orders issued by the State of Maharashtra and the Union of India dated 20.08.2016 and 09.08.2016, respectively. Hence the impugned order passed by the Bombay High Court is stayed till the next date of hearing,” said the bench.
The court ordered the governments and private medical colleges, which challenged the directive of combined counselling, to maintain a status quo with regard to the admissions. The batch of appeal against the High Court order will now be heard by a Constitution Bench Monday.