PLEA IN DELHI HC AGAINST 50% HORIZONTAL SEATS AT NLU-DELHI FOR DELHI CANDIDATES


A petition has been filed before the Delhi HC by Pia Singgh, a General / Unreserved category candidate, a permanent resident of Delhi and an Advocate enrolled with bar council of Delhi who intends to pursue LLM from NLU Delhi after graduating from Madhav University in Rajasthan. The petition submits that the reservation policy of respondent University to give 50% reservation to those students who have passed their qualifying degree from an institute situated in Delhi is not only against the Constitutional mandate under Article 15(3) of the Constitution but also against all reasonable and logical norms and far away from intelligible differentia. Also, it was argued that there seems to be no object behind this classification which is done by the University. Furthermore, providing 22% reservation to OBC and 10% reservation to EWS Category without increasing the total number of seats is also unconstitutional and against the mandate of guidelines issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)

The Plea seeking the quashing of provisions of NLU Delhi giving 50% reservation in BA LLB and LLM Courses to students who passed their qualifying exam from an institute located in Delhi. The petitioner has also prayed for declaration of the implementation of 22% OBC and 10% EWS quota without increasing the total number of seats as unconstitutional. The Petitioner has asserted that NLU Delhi is effectively providing reservation of up to 80% of its seats, which was against the principle of equality enshrined under part-III of the Indian constitution. The Delhi HC issued a notice in a petition which was demanded by the petitioner (Pia Singh vs NLU D final writ) and proceeded to direct the Respondent - NLU Delhi to first file its counter affidavit in the Petition. This notice was issued by a single judge Bench of justice by Rajiv Shakdher.

The matter will be heard next on June 11.



By: Mansi Jain

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