"There is no merit in the present petition. The same is dismissed, the court said in an order passed on Tuesday and made available on Wednesday.
The petitioner-doctors said that on May 13, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) issued a notice regarding entrance examination for PG courses.
Further, on June 1, AIIMS revised the date of examination from June 5 to June 11 and admit cards were issued to them.
The plea said Covid-19 cases are exploding day-by-day and conducting the exam at this crucial point would be incorrect and claimed that a number of other medical examinations have been postponed by AIIMS to July.
It claimed that there is no need to hold the examination at this point to augment the numbers of doctors available with AIIMS as it can easily appoint non-academic junior residents doctors on contractual basis.
The counsel for AIIMS said the notification for conducting the examination was issued on January 16 and it will be held at 250 different centres and 40,000 students are participating.
The counsel said large amounts of money and resources have been expanded by AIIMS for conducting the examination and assured that all precautions which are prescribed by the concerned governments including norms of social distancing would be maintained.
Advocate T Singhdev, appearing for the Medical Council of India, pointed out that after the result of this examination the number of doctors available with the AIIMS would get augmented as all the applicants are already qualified MBBS doctors.
He said given the present pandemic conditions, this would augment the medical capacity of AIIMS which is a very important aspect.
The court said there is merit in the submission of MCI counsel that there is a strong need for the AIIMS to augment its capacity by adding more junior doctors on their rolls in the present scenario.
It noted that the petition is hit by delay and laches and the doctors have approached this court at the very last minute.
Clearly, after all arrangements have been made and after everything is in order, the petitioners approached this court at the last minute. This would disentitle to the petitioners to any relief. The petition is liable to be dismissed on grounds of delay and laches, it said.
The court noted that in the notification issued by AIIMS on June 1, there is a clear stipulation that all advisories/guidelines of Government of India regarding social distance and sanitisation are to be followed at the exam centres and hence safety measures are being taken.