DELHI HIGH COURT ISSUES NOTICE IN PETITION IN CHALLENGING 50% RESERVATION AT NLU DELHI.
The respondent urged that the filing of the counter affidavit as done on 10th June with an advance copy to the counsel for the petitioner. However, the said affidavit has not come on record whereas, it is requested that the affidavit should be resend to maintain record by electronically. However, the petitioner urged that she may be granted time to file a rejoinder. Whereas, the rejoinder is supposed to file in a week. Further, the petitioner further states that she may be permitted to implead Govt. of NCT of Delhi as a co-respondent in the present proceedings. Therefore, it is granted. Within two days amended memo of both the parties should be filed.
The counsel of Govt of NCT Delhi is requested to enter an appearance in WP(C) 3170/2020 as well emailed must be sent by the petitioner which comprises a complete set of the paper book to the counsel of NLU, Delhi. The respondent of NCT Delhi will file a counter-affidavit for the writ petition and also a reply to counter affidavit by the respondent within one week. Therefore, issue notice in WP(C) 3454/2020
The counsel of the Govt. of NCT Delhi raises the objection to the fact that none of the petitioners have the locus standi to file WP(C) 3454/2020 when no cause of action has arisen in their favor as they have already done the graduation from the NLU and filed the petition on the name of the alumni.
In the reply of the learned counsel against the petitioner that they wanted to delete the names of the parties from the memo. Further, he states that, all of them are 4th-year students studying in NLU, Delhi from the petitioners No.4 to 6 and they are entitled to file the present petition as it is their case that the decision taken by the respondents to add a number of seats to the LL.B. and LL.M. courses will strain the presently available facilities and faculty and the University is not geared up to cater to such a large number of students.
The petitioner further urged that by deleting the petitioners No.1 to 3 it is permitted to file an amended memo of parties within two days. It is more expansive in nature, for the purpose of the arguments it is deemed appropriate to direct that the said matter be treated as the lead matter. To the counsel of the petitioner, a copy of this petition shall also be furnished. Pleadings in WP(C) 3170/2020 shall be taken into consideration while deciding WP(C) 3454/2020 as well.
Well before the next date of hearing so that final argument through the VC hearing can be reasonably curtailed Parties are at liberty to file their written submissions not exceeding three pages along with the citations they propose to rely upon. In advance, the copies would be exchanged. Further, the list of arguments will be held on 25th June 2020 at the end of the board.