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HC seeks to know reasons for delay in setting up AIIMS in TN

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The today sought to know from the reasons for the delay in setting up premier health institute AIIMS in

It also directed the ministry to file a detailed counter on the pros and cons of five sites suggested by the for the establishment of the Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Justices M Sathyanarayanan and Hemalatha gave the direction while hearing a contempt petition, seeking action against Preethi Sudan for not implementing the court's earlier direction to announce a location for the AIIMS by January 1 last.

The court posted the case for hearing on June 15 and directed the central government to give a reply before June 14.

Petitioner K K Ramesh contended that five sites -- Perundhurai, Chengalpattu, Thoppur, Sengipatti and Pudukottai -- were selected by the government and the list was sent to the Centre on October 31, 2014.

A central committee inspected the places and submitted its report and it was for the Centre to decide on the site, he said.

When the PIL came up on August 2 last year, the court had directed the Centre to decide the site for the health institute by December 31 and announce it on January 1 this year. However, the Centre had not announced the location, he submitted.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:50 IST