SC continues hearing SLMC appeal against SAITM order

The Supreme Court yesterday commenced further hearing to support the Appeal petition filed by Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).

The petition is challenging the judgment of Court of Appeal to register a student of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Limited (SAITM) in Malabe provisionally as a medical practitioner in terms of section 29(2) of the Medical Ordinance.

When the appeal was taken up before three-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew and Justice Anil Goonaratne, the matter was fixed for further submissions on September 12. President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva appearing on behalf of the SLMC concluded his oral submissions yesterday.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva who appeared on behalf of the original petitioner is to be continue his oral submissions on September 12.

At a previous occasion, the Supreme Court had allowed Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) to intervene into the Appeal filed by the SLMC.

Through this appeal petition, the SLMC sought an order to set aside the judgment dated January 31, 2017 by Court of Appeal.

The petitioner further sought an interim order to stay the operation of the judgment made in the writ application bearing No.CA Writ 187/2016 by Court of Appeal.

Delivering its judgment on the writ petition filed by a MBBS graduate of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Limited (SAITM) in Malabe, the Court of Appeal on January 31 held that SAITM is empowered to grant MBBS degrees and further held that the petitioner has legal rights to register at the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) as a medical practitioner in accordance with the Medical Ordinance. 


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