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SC grants interim stay on Nagi’s removal orders
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Issuing notice on a Special Leave Petition filed by the Union of India and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, the Supreme Court of India today granted interim stay on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court vide which the appointment of Dr Onkar Nath Nagi as the Dean had been set aside.

In their appeal taken up by Mr Justice B.N. Kirpal, Mr Justice G. Balakrishnan and Mr Justice Brijesh Kumar of the Apex Court, the Union of India and the PGI had contended that the appointment of Dr Nagi was not suffering from any infirmity.

Counsel for the PGI had contended that a proper recommendation was duly considered by the Institute's governing body and the criteria of seniority, suitability and other vital factors were taken into consideration while selecting Dr Nagi as the Dean.

It could not be said that the Institute was the appointing authority for the post of Dean and such a confusion was contrary to the rules and regulations of the Institute, counsel had further argued.

A Division Bench of the High Court, it may be recalled, that earlier set aside the appointment of Dr Nagi while taking up a petition filed by a Professor in Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, Prof Sudha Suri.

Delivering the verdict, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar, had observed that there was an "element of arbitrariness" in the action of the appointing authority. It was added that the criteria uniformally applied for considering all the eligible candidates had not been brought to the notice of the court.

In her earlier petition, Dr Suri had stated that even though the High Court had directed the PGI and other respondents to keep the proceedings of the governing body in a sealed cover, the appointment of Dr Nagi as the Dean had been published in complete violation of the orders.

Quoting newspaper reports, Dr Suri had asserted that as per certain items a senior politician was instrumental in the appointment of Dr Nagi as Dean. Her counsel had added that Dr Nagi was being informed about the developments, evident from the fact that he had filed a caveat on July 26, apprehending a challenge to his selection, even though the governing body proceedings were kept in a sealed cover.
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Asha receives Phalke Award

New Delhi, December 12
President K.R. Narayanan today presented the 48th National Film Awards for 2000 at a colourful function here this evening.

The recipients included leading playback singer Asha Bhosle, who has been chosen for the 32nd Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the nation’s highest honour in cinema.

Popular Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor and Raveena Tandon received the best acting awards for their roles in ‘Pukar’ and ‘Daman’, respectively. UNI
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