Judges differ in percentile case

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Mumbai, Aug 25 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today deferred its order on the Maharashtra government's percentile system, introduced during the current academic year for admission to junior colleges across the state following difference of opinion between two Judges.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A P Deshpande, who heard arguments over three weeks, had difference of opinion on the order passed today.

Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar, in his ruling, set aside the government resolution imposing percentile system, while Justice Deshpande said there is need for such type of a system.

Following the difference of opinion, the matter will be once again argued before a new Judge, who will pass a fresh order after hearing both the sides.

The court was hearing a petition filed by a parent of a student seeking admission, Xavier Lewis, opposing the system, on the grounds that it was a discrimination between the SSC students and ICSE students.

Though junior college admissions are almost complete and classes have already commenced, anxiety prevails as the High Court had earlier directed that admissions would be subject to the final order in the case.

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