Published: 25th April 2018
Iranian student wrongly admitted to college gets back tuition fees from management
The college authorities were fully aware that NEET exams were compulsory for students joining under the management quota. In spite of the same, the management admitted the Iranian student
An Iranian student who was removed from his college got some relief when the management handed over a demand draft for INR 5.5 lakh, which he had paid towards tuition fee, in open court at the Madras High Court on Tuesday.
The student, Naseer Hamidavi Zegheiri, was admitted in BDS course in Asan Memorial Dental College and Hospital without NEET qualification and was subsequently removed. The Kancheepuram police registered an FIR against the college when Zegheiri filed a complaint.
Seeking to quash the FIR, Lakshmi Ravi, Director of the college, filed a petition and obtained an interim stay. Aggrieved, the student filed the vacate stay petition. According to RC Paul Kanagaraj, counsel for the student, Zegheiri had completed his diploma in pre-university at Iran in 2002, which was equivalent to higher secondary education in India. The petitioner was interested in doing BDS course and hence, through his friend in Iran, he contacted one Rameez at Bengaluru and enquired about getting a BDS seat in Tamil Nadu.
Rameez said one Mohamed Kousar will get admission in Asan Memorial Dental College and Hospital allegedly on payment of INR 25 lakh including capitation fee and tuition fee. Accordingly, on paying `five lakh, he got provisional admission for BDS course in the college and came down to Tamil Nadu with a student visa. On payment of the remaining INR 20 lakh, he was admitted to the college and he was attending classes.
While so, he was served with a letter sent by Dr MGR Medical University, in which it was stated that the university had instructed the institution to discharge all foreign national candidates admitted in BDS course without NEET qualification and there was a reference to a Supreme Court order. Kanagaraj added that Zegheiri enquired about this with the college director, but she asked him to forget about the letter and instructed him to attend classes.
While he was attending the classes regularly, all of a sudden, he was removed from the college without repaying the amount, said Kanagaraj. The college authorities were fully aware that NEET exams were compulsory for students joining under the management quota. In spite of the same, the management admitted him and other foreign national candidates allegedly in order to cheat them.
Therefore, he lodged a complaint with Kancheepuram police and an FIR was registered. Subsequently, the case was transferred to District Crime Branch. Meanwhile, the Director has approached this court and obtained stay. When the petition came up for hearing before Justice PN Prakash, senior counsel PR Raman, appearing for the college produced a demand draft for INR 5.5 lakh before the judge, who in turn, handed over the same to the student, who was present in the court along with his counsel RC Paul Kanagaraj. In a brief order, the judge said, As undertaken, the petitioner has given a demand draft for INR 5.50 lakh in favour of Naseer Hamidavi Degheiri and the same has been handed over to him, who is present, in the open court.