SC refuses to stay HC order asking St Stephen’s to follow DU admission policy

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s order asking the St. Stephen’s College which follows the admission policy prescribed by Delhi University. A bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar said it was not ready to interfere with the HC judgement.

“We find no reason to stay the judgment and, therefore, the application for interim measures is dismissed,” the court said.

The top court was hearing a plea by St Stephen’s College against a Delhi High Court order asking them to follow Delhi University’s admission policy.

On September 12, the Delhi High Court had asked the Christian minority institution to follow the admission policy formulated by Delhi University under which 100% weightage should be given to the score of common university entrance test (CUET)-2022 while granting admission to non-minority students in their undergraduate courses.

The high court had said that the university cannot conduct interviews for non-minority category students and admission should be based on CUET score only.

The high court had also said that the rights given to a minority institution under the Constitution cannot be extended to non-minorities.

He said the university has the authority to conduct interviews, in addition to the CUET score, to admit Christian students, but cannot compel non-minority applicants to appear for an additional interview.

The HC bench though asked St Stephen’s College to withdraw its circular giving 15% weightage to the interview for admission to unreserved seats besides considering the score CUET of a candidate, had ruled, however, that the DU “cannot insist on a single list of merits for the admission of candidates belonging to the Christian community irrespective of confession, etc.

The high court’s order had come on the basis of petitions filed by a law student and the college regarding the legality of the procedure for admitting students against unreserved non-minority seats for courses in the UG.

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