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NLU-D Succumbs to Delhi Govt Pressure to Add Horizontal Reservation Of 50 Percent, States Delhi HC

Lawstreet Journal 30 Jun 2020 9:56pm

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The Delhi High Court observed prima facie that the decision of the National Law University-Delhi to implement a 50 percent horizontal reservation from the academic year 2020-2021 for students who passed the qualifying examination from recognized institutes in the National Capital Territory was taken "in haste without acting in accordance with the NLU Act.”

The Court acknowledged that the vice-chancellor had no right to "unilaterally" take such a decision, standing side by side with the Governing Council, before which the matter was pending.

On 13th July 2019, the University's Governing Council - comprising Delhi's Chief Secretary, NCT, Chief Secretary (Finance), Secretary (Higher Education), and Chief Secretary (Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs) - raised the question of horizontal quotas. The Council formed a committee comprising Justice N V Ramana, Supreme Court judge, Chief Secretary, NCT Delhi, and Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Delhi, and the Registrar, NLU, Delhi to examine the matter.

The decision to introduce horizontal reservation was taken by the Vice-Chancellor on 14th January 2020, without waiting for the Committee's final decision. 

That, the Court said, was obviously under pressure from the Delhi National Capital Territory (GNCTD) government.

The bench comprising Justices Subramonium Prasad and Hima Kohli noted that the State had been exerting pressure on NLU Delhi to make reservations for Delhi students to the extent of 85 percent on the premise that the same was being done in all Delhi State Universities.

The Court made this observation from the record of discussions held on 23 December 2019 between the Vice-Chancellor, NLU Delhi and Secretary GNCTD, Delhi, and the letter dated 6th March 2019, sent by the Higher Education Directorate to Vice-Chancellor NLU… Continue Reading...

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