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AMU files SLP in SC over quashing of minority status

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has challenged in the Supreme Court the Allahabad High Court's judgment quashing the minority status of the university.

The AMU filed a Special Leave Petition in the apex court on April five, challenging the January five High Court order on the grounds that since the university was established by Muslims and has been the main seat of learning for Muslim scholars, its minority status should be retained.

The SLP said in view of the university's historic background, it was a minority institution and the High Court judgment was erroneous and must be set aside.

The Central Government by an amendment in 1981 had granted minority status to the AMU and allowed it to introduce 50 per cent reservation for Muslim students.

The amendment was challenged by some students in the Allahabad High Court and on October four, 2005, a single judge bench of the court ruled that it was not a minority institution since it was established in 1920 by central legislation. The court also ruled that the impugned amendment of 1981 was made just to contravene the Supreme Court judgement of 1967 which declared that the AMU was not a minority institution and hence the amendment of 1981 was ultra vires of the Constitution.

A division bench of the High Court also upheld the single judge ruling.

The impugned High Court verdict has led to an agitation in the university.

The AMU was granted university status in 1920 through central legislation.


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