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SAITM case fixed for argument

The Court of Appeal yesterday fixed for argument on October 12 the writ petition filed by a MBBS graduate of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Limited (SAITM) seeking an order quashing the decision of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to refuse registration as a medical practitioner of the petitioner.

Meanwhile, Court of Appeal Justices Vijith Malalgoda (President) and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena fixed for support on August 2, the applications made by five parties including the SLMC to intervene in the petition.

Five parties including the SLMC, Government Medical Officers Association and Government Dental Surgeons’ Association had moved Court that they be permitted to intervene in the petition in order to present their version.

Petitioner Dhilmi Kasunda Malshani Suriyarachchi stated that she was awarded an MBBS Second Class Upper Division Degree from SAITM on June 1, 2016. The petitioner further said on or about August 30, 2011, the former higher education minister recognised SAITM as a degree awarding institute for the purpose of developing higher education therein leading to the award of the MBBS degree.

On or about June 6, 2016, the petitioner applied to the SLMC in terms of section 29 (2) of the Medical Ordinance for provisional registration as a medical practitioner for the purpose of acquiring the necessary experience required for obtaining a certificate under section 32. The petitioner stated that a letter was issued by the President of the SLMC that students from SAITM were not registrable, and that the same was communicated publicly through several newspaper advertisements.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appeared for the petitioner. President’s Counsel Ikram Mohammed appeared for the SLMC. Senior Counsel Ravindranath Dabare sought the intervention of Government Medical Officers Association in the petition. Senior Counsel Kanishka Vitharana looked after the interests of the Government Dental Surgeons’ Association. 


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