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OBC, EWS reservation restored for admissions this year: NLU Delhi informs Delhi High Court

Taking the submission on record, the Court today disposed of an application by the Delhi government challenging the revised admission notice on grounds that it did away with OBC and EWS reservation.

Meera Emmanuel

The Delhi High Court today was informed by National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi) that the reservation applicable for candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) has been restored in its latest admission notification.

With this submission, the Court disposed of the application moved by the Delhi government challenging the revised admission notification issued by NLU Delhi for this year on the ground that it had withheld the aforementioned reservation.

A compliance affidavit had been filed by NLU Delhi, following the Court's direction on July 7 to issue an addendum to the University's revised admission notification to clarify that the reservation for OBC and EWS candidates will continue.

The addendum to the revised admission notification now reads,

"In continuation to the Revised Admission Notice published in the Newspapers/website on 01.07.2020/30.06.2020 pursuant to the orders of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi passed on 29th June 2020 in W. P. (C) 3454/2020 Balvinder Sangwan & Ors Vs. State (GNCT) of Delhi Through Chief Secretary & Ors., it is hereby notified and clarified that the vertical reservation of 22% for OBC category and 10% for EWS shall continue to apply to the seat matrix for the present academic year."

Addendum to NLU Delhi revised admission notification

The Court took on record the compliance affidavit which enclosed the addendum as well as the submission by Advocate Sanjay Vashishtha for NLU Delhi that the vertical reservation deleted from the revised admission notification has now been restored.

In view of the same, the Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad disposed of the application moved by the Delhi government in the matter.

The main plea concerns the NLU Delhi's move to introduce 50% horizontal reservation for local candidates, which has been challenged by three students of the University (Balvinder Sangwan & Ors and GNCT of Delhi).

On June 29, the High Court passed an interim order staying the newly introduced 50% horizontal reservation and directed the NLU Delhi to issue a revised admission notification reflecting the same.

However, the revised notification issued on June 30 not only dispensed wth the 50% horizontal reservation, but also the 22% reservation for OBC candidates and the 10% reservation for EWS candidates.

Following the Delhi government's application challenging the same, the vertical reservations have now been restored, the High Court was informed today. The application was accordingly disposed of.

"The (main) matter is still alive", the Court pointed out today when certain submissions were sought to be made by Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayan for the petitioners.

"This is only an interim order for this academic year", the Court orally observed during the hearing today.

Sankaranarayanan had sought to make certain submissions concerning paras 19 and 31 of the principal order passed by the Court on June 29. He briefly mentioned certain concerns to do with the proposal to increase the number of seats at the University in the absence funds for infrastructure.

The Court, however, declined to entertain these submissions today, observing that the matter before it today only pertained to the compliance of its July 7 order.

"This is between us and the NLU. It is our order and our interpretation... and our order of which compliance is being sought", the Bench orally remarked.

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