Commission to probe private medical colleges’ excess fee issue

By Wasim Kambo


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has constituted a commission to inquire into the matter of charging of extra fees by the private medical colleges.

The commission would be headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s Director Usman Anwer and it would be bound to submit its report within one month to the apex court.

A three-member bench of Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, conducted the hearing of the case related to the extra fee being received by the private medical colleges. Former Vice-President Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PM&DC) Dr Asim Hussain was also present during the proceedings.

During the hearing, the additional advocate general apprised the court that there was no private medical college operating in Balochistan province.

The CJP remarked that private medical colleges have been directed to refund the extra amount back to the students. “If the medical colleges wouldn’t return the said amount then the court would summon their owners.”

The counsel for Fatima Medical College informed the court that his client has refunded the extra fee to the students and requested the court for not passing strict orders related to private colleges.

Addressing Barrister Ali Zafar, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked “You tell us what kind of order should be passed? A private college has refunded an amount of worth Rs 250 million, he said.”