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No minority status for AMU: Allahabad HC

January 05, 2006 16:07 IST
Last Updated: January 05, 2006 16:53 IST

In a major setback to the central government, a division bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday upheld its last year's judgment terming as 'unconstitutional,' the granting of minority status to Aligarh Muslim University and 50 per cent reservation to Muslims.

The order was passed by a bench comprising Chief Justice A N Ray and Justice Ashok Bhushan on petitions filed by the central government and AMU challenging the single-judge verdict on October 4, 2005.

AMU students take HC decision easy

It observed that the Supreme Court, in the Ajeez Basha case in 1968, had already taken the view that AMU was not a minority institution and enactment of a law by Parliament could not overrule the judgement.

In October, Justice Arun Tandon had observed that the AMU Amendment Act was unconstitutional and AMU was not a minority institution.

He said the notification issued by Union Human Resource Development Ministry on February 25 permitting AMU to reserve seats for Muslims in post-graduate medical courses and the 50 per cent quota approved by the AMU Academic Council in the PG medical courses were, therefore, 'illegal'.

The bench ordered that students, who gained admissions in the Post Graduate courses last year, should not be disturbed by the decision.

However, from the 2006-07 academic session, exams be held in the old format, without the provision of reservation.

Soon after the HC made its verdict, counsels for the centre and AMU moved applications seeking a stay on the decision. However, the demand was rejected.

Later, the centre moved a division bench challenging the single bench order.

Meanwhile, the court also rejected a plea by the centre and AMU seeking permission to move the Supreme Court in the matter.


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Number of User Comments: 3

Sub: Beautiful

Wow... This is good to hear... Hats off to our courts

Posted by Sabarish Sasidharan

Sub: Reservation in AMU

Another tight slap on the face of the government who doesn't mind stretching to any extent to appease the minorities. Thats hardly out of concern ...

Posted by Swarup Som

Sub: Shameless act

This right from the beginning has been termed communal. Appeasement of minority is alo communalism/casteism. With such perverted thoughts, the Congress of today cannot with ...

Posted by Vijayarghavan S



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