Court reserves order on strike by AIIMS doctors

January 19th, 2011 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday reserved its order on a plea seeking a probe into a strike by All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) resident doctors during an anti-reservation agitation in 2006, defying a Supreme Court order. The division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna reserved the order on the petition filed by an association of Dalit medical staff.

Petitioners’ counsel Prashant Bhushan sought action against the AIIMS management for allegedly supporting the strike and not taking any action against the striking doctors.

Bhushan argued that defying the Supreme Court ruling, the doctors had gone on strike repeatedly in July 2006 protesting the government’s decision to reserve 27 percent seats in higher educational institutions for students of other backward classes.

Seeking identification of the doctors who had struck work, the lawyer said the apex court, while dealing with a petition on AIIMS doctors strike in May 2006, had said the strike by doctors was illegal.

AIIMS counsel submitted that the then AIIMS’ director had not maintained any record about the striking doctors and many of them have already left the institute.

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