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Delhi HC dismisses review petition against order staying 50% horizontal reservation for locals at NLU Delhi

Counsel for the review petitioner contended that the video conference was disconnected by the Court before he could make his submissions on OBC and EWS reservation at NLU Delhi.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a review petition filed against its June 29 order staying the 50% reservation at National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi) for students who have passed their qualifying exams in the capital [Pia Singgh v. National Law University, Delhi & Ors].

The review petition was preferred by one of the petitioners challenging the reservation policy, Pia Singgh.

Counsel for Singgh, Advocate Nishant Khatri sought a review of the order on the ground that he was not heard on the aspect of vertical reservation of 22% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the Delhi region and 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) categories.

He stated that citing paucity of time, the video conference was disconnected by the Court before he could make his submissions on the above point.

After hearing the counsel, the Divison Bench of Justices Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad opined that the review petition was meritless and misconceived.

The Court noted that the matter was heard at length, beyond the court hours on the day the order was reserved in the plea. Thereafter, the Delhi government even moved an application with respect to a clarification on the status of OBC and EWS reservation.

The Court added that nothing prevented the counsel from moving an appropriate application before the date of pronouncement if he felt that he was cut short by the Court.

It further stated that review was being sought at a belated stage of over two weeks from the pronouncement of the order.

In all this duration, the petitioner has been waiting on the sidelines, not moving an inch to approach the court with her purported grievance of being deprived of an opportunity to address arguments on the issue of vertical reservation.
the Court stated.

The review petition was accordingly dismissed.

NLU Delhi was represented by Advocate Sanjay Vashishth. Standing Counsel Ramesh Singh with Advocates Tara Narula, Bhawana Kataria appeared for Delhi Government.

Read the Order:

PIA SINGGH vs NLU D - Review order.pdf
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