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SLMC ordered to register 82 SAITM graduates

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has been ordered by the Supreme Court to register 82 SAITM medical graduates as medical practitioners within three weeks time.

This order was issued in response to a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition submitted by three graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

The Supreme Court had also ruled that the SLMC had violated fundamental rights of the SAITM graduates by failing to register them.

Petitioners alleged that the SLMC was intentionally refusing to register  SAITM graduates, despite the Court of Appeal issuing a Writ Order approved by the Supreme Court.

Justice Surasena told the media that the SLMC was not authorized to act in such a manner and reminded that the Court of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court, previously issued orders to register SAITM graduates.

The Supreme Court also ordered the SLMC to pay Rs 200,000 to each of the petitioners as court fees.

The petitioners were  S.M. Halpe, D.T. Panduwawala and K.P. Marapana while the judge bench consisted of Supreme Court Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Preethi Padman Surasena and L.T.B. Dehideniya.