Respondents asked to file replies by October 28
The Delhi High Court has sought replies from the Union Government, the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Guru Govind Singh University in Delhi on a petition by a student belonging to the Other Backward Classes challenging denial of admission to him in either of the two medical colleges of the university.
Issuing the notices, Justice V.K. Jain asked the respondents to file replies to the petition by October 28, the next date of hearing.
Petitioner Tushar Sharma, through his counsel K.C. Mittal along with Kuldeep Singh, submitted that the University had arbitrarily allocated 200 hundred available seats in the two colleges — the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Hindu Rao Hospital — under different reserved categories, which had resulted in a massive deduction in the 27 per cent reserved seats for the OBC students of the Capital.
Mr. Mittal submitted that the petitioner was placed at seventh position in the group of waitlisted students for admission in the course.
However, if the University had followed fixed quotas for different categories of reservation of the seats his client would easily got admission.
Counselling for the admissions was also conducted in a secret and arbitrary manner without making public the names, roll numbers and ranks of the students who were called for it.
Mr. Mittal further submitted that out of 200 seats in the two colleges, 85 per cent were to be filled from Delhi, of which 27 per cent were reserved for OBC.
Accordingly, 170 seats are to be filled from Delhi, and 27 per cent of it was to be reserved for OBC students which came to 45-46 seats.
Mr. Mittal stated that the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Hindu Rao Hospital had allotted 12 seats out of a total of 50 to OBC students of Delhi.
However, the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College allocated only 23 seats for this category of students against the earmarked 33.
The petitioner sought a direction to the University to allot the entire 27 per cent seats for Delhi OBC students and admit him in either of the two colleges.