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Maha law reducing admission of minority students challenged

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s BJP-led government’s Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions Act’s section 6 (2), under which admission of students belonging to minority community in minority professional educational institutions has been reduced to less than 51 percent has been challenged in Bombay High Court. In a petition filed by a senior lawyer of Bombay High Court Rafiq Dada and Anil Antarkar on behal of minority educational Institutions like Saboo Siddiq College of Engineering etc they have challenged section 6 (2) of the above mentioned Act. It may be stated in this connection that earlier i.e. before the amendment of this Act under section 6 (2), power of minority educational institutions which had a right, or were legally authorised, to give admission to minority community students upto 51 percent in engineering and other professional courses was reduced to less than 51 percent. Lawyers of Muslim (unaided) educational institutions argued in their petition that this reduction by the state government to less than 51 percent is illegal and had challenged the amended law in the Bombay High Court which admitted this petition for hearing. Though Bombay High Court’s two-member Bench of Chief Justice B. H. Waghela and Justice M. S. Sonk accepted this petition for hearing but refused to stay the application or implementation of the amended law till the hearing of this petition, date of which was fixed on 16 June and directed the state’s Advocate General to file its reply on this petition.

Lawyers Rafiq Dada and Anil Antarkar in their petition have referred to Supreme Court’s many earlier verdicts in the past under which, from their linguistic and population points of view they (minorities) have a right to set up their educational institutions and can also admit minority community students upto a maximum of 51 percent. Lawyer Rafiq Dada contended in his / their petition that the amendment made by BJP-led government in this law is against the guidelines or guiding principles of Supreme Court and also that with this amendment and reduction of seats to (less than 51%), minority community students can be deprived of higher and professional education.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2016 on page no. 15

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