A division bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Jayant Nath would hear the petition on Wednesday and pass appropriate order regarding the nursery admission process. The Delhi government, meanwhile, informed the court that the admission process has been postponed for a couple of days.

During the hearing, a senior advocate, appearing for private schools, urged the court to grant interim stay on the notification laying out new guidelines for nursery admissions in Delhi as issued by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. However, the High Court declined to stay the process.

Notably, a group of private schools had on December 18, 2012 filed a petition in the High Court against the new guidelines for nursery admissions issued by the then Lieutenant Governor. On January 10, the court denied any relief to the schools, which in turn challenged the verdict.

In the plea, the schools have said that the guidelines are against the principle of autonomy, under which unaided private schools have been authorized to prepare their own admission criteria for 75 percent of the total seats. Even the Supreme Court in 2002, had given autonomy to the schools regarding the same clause.


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