Good News from AP- No Muslim quota now

published on April 30, 2008

No Muslim quota now

Source:Deccan Chronicle


Hyderabad, April 29: In a major jolt to the Congress in an election year, a seven-member bench of the AP High Court on Tuesday directed the government to implement the Supreme Court stay on 4 per cent reservation for Muslims of backward sections in educational institutions. A larger bench comprising Chief Justice A.R. Dave, Justice T. Meena Kumari, Justice B. Prakash Rao, Justice D.S.R. Verma, Justice A. Gopal Reddy, Justice V. Eswaraiah and Justice Goda Raghuram, while dealing with a batch of writ petitions on the quota for Muslims under the BC ‘E’ category, adjourned the hearing to after the court’s summer vacations which end in the first week of June.

This means that the reservation will not be applicable in admissions to various courses, including medical postgraduate courses, this academic year. “We are inclined to continue the stay of admissions under Andhra Pradesh Reservations in Favour of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of Muslims Act, 2007 relating to category ‘E’ till the final hearing of the batch of writ petitions since it is not possible to conclude hearing the writ petitions before the summer vacation,” the bench observed.

The bench turned down the request of Advocate-General C.V. Mohan Reddy to pass an interim order to approve admissions made in accordance with the directions of a five-member bench of the court in November.  The Supreme Court had passed an interim order that no further admissions should be made under the Act. While disposing of the special leave petitions on the Act, the Apex Court on October 12, 2007 directed the High Court to proceed with hearing of the writ petitions and try to dispose them before October 31.

The apex court observed that the High Court could consider passing of appropriate interim order regarding admissions of students if the writ petitions were not disposed of within that period, but said that its interim order would remain in force till then. Based on the Supreme Court’s directions, a five-member bench of the High Court gave an interim direction in November that the counselling for the B.Ed and other professional courses may go on but that admissions should not be finalised till further orders.

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