New Delhi: Delhi High Court has refused to entertain an appeal against its single judge decision allowing Delhi University’s Khalsa College to commence its admission process for this academic year under minority status. A vacation bench of justices V Kameswar Rao and I S Mehta said the appeal by a teacher who claims that if the admissions under the minority status are allowed, her service conditions would be affected, has “no locus”. “You show us that because of minority status, your service conditions are affected,” the court said, adding that “In any case you will have no problem”.
“Let the person (students/teachers) aggrieved come before us. As of today you do not have locus to file this appeal,” the bench added. It further said that the appeal by the teacher be withdrawn or else it will be dismissed, after which the petitioner, a teacher of Khalsa College, withdrew her plea. The court was hearing an appeal against its single judge’s interim order passed on June 20 on some teachers plea seeking stay on National Commission for Minority Educational Institution (NCMEI) order granting minority status to the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College.
The single judge had also asked the teachers how they were affected if students were given admission under the minority status. It in its interim order the single judge had also said that the authorities concerned should inform the new joinees that the petition challenging the minority status given to the college was pending. The teachers in their plea have challenged the grant of minority status also on the ground that it will affect the interests of SC/ST students.
The college was granted minority status in 2011, which was then challenged by teachers as well as Delhi University (DU) on whose plea a stay was granted by high court in 2012, according to the petition filed by the teachers. Four colleges run by DSGMC — SGTB Khalsa College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College and Mata Sundri College — were declared minority institutions in 2011. PTI
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