New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia (JNI) University has decided to challenge the Narendra Modi government’s move to oppose its minority status in court, reports said today.
The Modi government had earlier this month filed a revised affidavit in the Delhi High Court opposing the minority status accorded to JMI. The government reversed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s stand on the issue before the court in 2011.
The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) had declared JMI as a religious minority institution in February 2011, enabling the central university to reserve up to 50% seats for Muslim students.
A bunch of petitions, subsequently, were filed against the NCMEI order in Delhi High Court by various parties.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, under then minister Kapil Sibal, however, stood by the JMI and submitted an affidavit in the court in August 2011, stating that the government “respects the declaration made by the NCMEI.”
Now, the HRD ministry has withdrawn its earlier (previous) affidavit and submitted a fresh affidavit opposing the minority character of the JMI before the Delhi High Court. JMI will file its objections to the revised affidavit in accordance with due process of law. “It is a legal battle which will be hotly contested in the Court,” the JMI said in a statement on Monday.
The ministry’s U-turn in court came as a surprise to the University, the JMI added.