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Notices to Centre, Delhi government over IAS quota in Sanskriti School

Notices to Centre, Delhi government over IAS quota in Sanskriti School

Mail Today Bureau   |   Mail Today  |   New Delhi, January 29, 2014 | UPDATED 11:17 IST
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre, the Delhi government and Sanskriti School on a plea challenging an order of Delhi Lt Governor that permits the institution to reserve seats for children of bureaucrats.

Justice Manmohan also issued a notice to L-G Najeeb Jung and sought his response as to why an exception to the nursery admission rules has been allowed.

The school has allegedly reserved 60 per cent seats for the wards of persons belonging to government services, especially the Indian Administrative Services. The court, however, refused to stay the admission process of the school saying that the same could not be stalled at the eleventh hour.

"I did not allow the plea of private schools against the admission guidelines as the order was upheld by the division bench as well," Justice Manmohan said.

The order came on the plea of a three-year-old girl filed through her lawyer father, Dheeraj Kumar Singh, who contended that the Lt Governor's Recognized Schools (Admission Procedure for Pre-primary Class) Order 2013 permits specific government services an unfettered and unrestricted right to reserve seats for their wards.

Sumeet Pushkarna, appearing for the Centre, argued that since many such schools would be affected if the LG's order is quashed hence, other schools also be made parties. The matter is likely to be taken up for further hearing in April.

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