Nursery admission: SC seeks govt's reply on parents' plea

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New Delhi, May 30: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Delhi government on a plea of four parents that their children be also granted admission in nursery class under the inter-state transfer category in pursuance of an earlier order.

The apex court had on May 7 asked the Directorate of Education (DoE) of the Delhi government to accommodate 24 students whose parents approached it under the inter-state transfer category and had made it clear that this benefit would be available only to them.

"Issue notice to the respondents (Delhi government and others). Returnable after one week," a vacation bench comprising justices J S Kehar and C Nagappan said today.

The fresh plea, filed by Ankur Sehgal and three others through lawyers Arvind Nayar and Zartab Anwar, has sought a direction to the authorities that either seats be kept vacant or they be created to accommodate the children.

It said the respondents may be directed to keep seats vacant for admission in favour of the petitioners for the present academic session, pending disposal of the writ petition, as per the ratio laid down in the judgment of May 7 passed by the apex court. It submitted that in the alternative, the respondents be directed to create additional seats, if required, to accommodate the petitioners in the present academic session.

The parents said the children, who were earlier awarded 75 out of 100 points, under neighbourhood and the inter-state transfer categories, were successful in getting admission.

However, DoE on February 27 came out with a fresh notification doing away with five points under the inter-state transfer category.

The Supreme Court, later, set aside the DoE decision, but made clear that only those 24 children, whose parents had approached it, would get the admission. The four parents, who moved the court today, are seeking same relief.

PTI

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