K K Shailaja | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: The Kerala government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that two significant conditions were omitted in the Essentiality Certificate (EC) issued to the Autonomous Medical College in Palakkad’s Cherpulassery while KK Shailaja was the Health Minister of the state.
The state law ministry’s joint secretary explained in the affidavit that the certificate was issued on account of the emergency circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier, the apex court had sought explanation from the state government regarding the EC given to Kerala Medical College, while considering a plea filed by VN Public Health and Educational Trust.
During the pandemic, Kerala Medical College had functioned as a Covid centre and the hospital facilities were used for treating patients.
At the time, the certificate was renewed, on account of the emergency situations, after removing all the lapses pointed out by the Medical Council of India and Kerala University of Health Sciences.
As per the state government’s policy decision, essentiality certificates will not be issued to new colleges.