Delhi Government has moved an application before the Delhi High Court challenging the admission notification issued by the National Law University, Delhi, so far as it eliminates vertical reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) categories.
Moved as an application in a pending writ petition titled Balvinder Sangwan v. State of NCT of Delhi
the application also wants the court to clarify as to whether the maintenance of status quo ante, as mentioned in the order dated June 29, refers to only 50% domicile reservation and not to the vertical reservation for OBC and EWS categories.
The Delhi Government has submitted that the decision of the University to eliminate 22% reservation for OBC and 10% reservation for EWS in its Admission Notification released on June 30 is not only the incorrect interpretation of the court's order dated June 29, but it also goes against the University's constitutional and statutory obligations.
It is submitted that the present writ petition only concerned itself with the 50% domicile reservation, and had nothing to do with the vertical reservation for OBC and EWS categories.
It is argued in the application that the University is statutorily bound to provide vertical reservation to OBC under Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006.
In addition to this, the application also challenges the decision of the University to not to provide hostel accommodation to LL.M and PhD students. It says:
'Now, in terms of the Admission Notification dated 30.06.2020, only a total of 415 students (plus detainees and contingency if any) will have to be accommodated in the Hostels, as against provision for 480 accommodations.'
It is the case of the Delhi Government that by its revised admission notification, the University is implicitly discouraging applications from candidates that may hail from OBC or EWS sections of society.
Therefore, the Delhi Government wants the court to stay the operation of the revised admission notification dated 30/06/20 till the final disposal of the present application.