No Minority status for Aligarh University

published on January 5, 2006

In a major setback to the Minority appeasement policies of Central govt, especially by the Human Resource Development Ministry headed by Arjun Singh, a division bench of the Allahabad High Court termed the granting of minority status to Aligarh Muslim University as unconstitutional.

Upholding an earlier ruling the court also quashed 50 per cent reservation for Muslims.

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

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’.

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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