The High Court of Karnataka’s order came on two petitions, one by a law student and one from the college. They were both questioning the legality of the procedure for enrolling minority-entry students in an open entrance exam.
The Supreme Court has ordered the Delhi High Court’s decision to be reviewed and has set a new date for hearings, which will take place on October 10. Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit has placed the case in front of a bench comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and C T Ravikumar; Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul recused himself because he is an alumnus of ST Stephen’s College and does not want to judge the case due to present “vitiated” atmosphere.
“The environment has been vitiated to an extent where it becomes difficult for us. It makes no difference to me as to what I will rule or how I will rule. But what can be done…It is an issue of constitutional interpretation. It is not something which can be settled. A call will have to be taken on how it is to be read,” Justice Kaul had said while recusing from the hearing.
On September 12th, the Delhi High Court made a ruling that said Indian Christians can no longer discriminate against students who wish to be admitted to undergraduate courses. To be granted admission, non-minority applicants must achieve 100% weightage for their CUET-2022 scores.
The High Court had ruled that the college cannot interview non-minority category students, and must admit them according to their CUET score. It also noted that the rights afforded to minority institutions under the Constitution cannot be given to non-Minority candidates, who should not be forced to undergo an additional interview.
The High Court bench ruled that, in addition to taking into consideration the CUET score of a candidate, Delhi University “cannot insist upon a single merit list for admission of candidates belonging to the Christian community regardless of denomination.”
The Delhi High Court has ruled that a law student and the college were entitled to challenge the legality of admission procedures for SC students into undergraduate seats.