‘Invoke priority clause for reservation’

A woman filed a petition before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday seeking to invoke the priority clause in reservation for wards of ex-servicemen in MBBS admission. Justice M. S. Ramesh adjourned the case for further hearing.

The petitioner, Jeya Sharmila of Madurai, said her son Mothi Aniroudh, a medical course aspirant, who wrote the 2018 NEET, was eligible for admission under the special category reserved for children of ex-servicemen.

Her husband, late M. Ramesh, a Havildar with the Indian Army, died in 2004, when her son was three years old.

The petitioner said that the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare was the authority for classifying the priority in reservation of seats for medical or other courses.

Since her husband had died while in service, her son should have been placed under Priority III by the competent authority for reservation. However, the wards of ex-servicemen were now brought under a common pool in the special category.

She claimed that this would be unfair on her son and sought to invoke the priority clause. She also sought a seat be kept vacant till the disposal of her petition.

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