The National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) was asked by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday to revisit and rectify its revised admission notification issued on 30 June. The NLUD had done away with the reservation for the economically weaker section (EWS) and the other backward classes(OBC).
The varsity was directed by the bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Subromonium Prasad that the corrected admission notification should be placed prior to the next date of hearing scheduled for 13 July.
An application was moved by the Delhi Government, post which this order came, through the standing counsel Ramesh Singh which informed the court that to comply with its direction to stay the horizontal 50 percent reservation for Delhi students in NLUD, the varsity also removed the vertical reservation of 22 percent for OBC and 10 percent for EWS categories.
The court was also informed that the June 30 revised notification was a case of “complete misreading of the interim order” of June 29.
The NLUD’s decision to reserve 50 percent seats for candidates from the capital Delhi, was stayed by the high court on June 29. The court said that this decision was taken in haste by the varsity without any consideration and without taking accordance with the NLU Act.
A plea was initiated against this university’s decision by NLUD students challenging the introduction of 50 percent horizontal reservation at the university for candidates who have cleared their qualifying examinations from an institute in Delhi, saying that it strikes at the heart of the standards of excellence and the national character of the university.
The high court’s interim order came on this plea.
The new admission policy providing reservation and increased intake, was bad in law as it was notified on January 14, 2020, without taking approval of the governing council, claimed the Plea.
As per the Delhi government, they have adopted a policy to provide reservation to the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination from any recognized school, college/institute situated within NCT Delhi. Delhi government further added that since they provide funds to the NLUD, they can certainly lay down the criteria for admission. It is NLUD’s decision to implement the said, the interest of government is in protecting its policy, they added.
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