Denial of seat by minority schools: Lawyer to file PIL

A public interest litigation on the issue of denial of admission to children belonging to religious minority sections of the society in minority schools will be filed after court opens after vacation.

This comes in the wake of last week's Bombay High Court judgment that termed schools receiving aids as land or concession in property tax unaided and out of the ambit of the Right to Education Act when it comes to reserving 25 per cent seats for children belonging to the weaker sections of the society.

Advocate Jatin Adhav said: "I had intervened in the recent case against St Mary's, Bishop's and S V Union school, but in the order there was no mention of admission to minority students in minority schools on priority basis. Hence, I will file a writ petition in the court once it opens after vacation on January 6."

He added: "My daughter was twice denied admission by a school claiming to be a minority institution without giving any reason. This is not just my case. Various other parents too have faced the same problem but are afraid to come out in the open. I want proper action against these schools."

A government resolution dated 2007 makes it clear that in the case of unaided institutions and unaided or aided linguistic minority institutions having the medium of education in the recognised minority language "admit all eligible minority students who have applied for admission, within the time limit prescribed, based on merit by a fair and transparent admission process and no application of any eligible minority student shall be rejected by the institution".

The resolution also says the recognition of religious or linguistic minority educational status to an institution once accorded "can be revoked if a complaint is received by the government as regards the veracity of the minority status or the fraudulent admission process adopted by the institution to the detriment of the concerned minority community students and the complaint is found to be true on enquiry". However, it adds, it will be necessary for the competent authority to hear the institution before passing any orders of revocation of recognition.

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