HC defers hearing of petition challenging IIC membership criteria

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New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today adjourned the hearing of a petition challenging the India International Centre's (IIC) what it called arbitrary and secretive approach regarding the selection and grant of membership.

A Bench comprising Justices V B Gupta and B N Chaturvedi deferred the matter while hearing the petition filed by social and cultural activist Rajesh Mehta, who demanded transparent criteria and norms for the membership of IIC.

The petitioner had applied for membership when IIC invited applications for individuals after a gap of 15 years. The invitation, without any public notice, had spread by word of mouth and more than 6000 people applied for the membership out of which only 624 people were granted the same.

Mr Mehta's application was rejected without mentioning the reason for which he moved the Court and urged it to issue directions to IIC to frame some guidelines for the criteria of membership and make the selection system transparent.

The court fixed July 11 as the next date of hearing.

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