Justice Manmohan, while issuing notices to Delhi Government and Directorate of Education (DoE), said the petitions required "detailed hearing and it cannot be stayed on the first day". Terming the Delhi government's notification as arbitrary, senior advocate N K Kaul, appearing for Action Committee for Unaided Recognised Private Schools, said that at least for the time being the operation of the notification be stayed.
The court, however, refused to stay the notification and fixed the matter for final hearing on March 11. It, meanwhile, asked the Delhi Government and DoE to file their responses within three weeks.
Delhi HC asks Delhi govt to respond in three weeks time
The plea has been filed challenging the nursery admission guidelines issued by the Lieutenant Governor by which various steps including weightage to neighbourhood kids and abolition of 20 per cent management quota were taken. It has sought setting aside of the 2014-15 guidelines on the ground that the LG office lacked the power to frame them.
It claimed the guidelines were against the principle of autonomy and the recognised unaided private schools were given the power by the Central government to formulate their own admission criteria for 75 per cent seats.
Central government, the Directorate of Education (DoE) and the office of LG have been made party in the plea. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, on 18 December, issued new guidelines for the nursery admissions for the session 2014-15 and took various steps such as scrapping of 20 per cent management quota.