Quashing the notification issued on February 27 by the Delhi government scrapping the inter-state transfer category for nursery admission, the Apex Court ordered the Delhi government to raise the number of seats, if required, to accommodate the students.

24 children, whose parents had approached the Apex Court and the Delhi High Court against the February 27 notification, are set to get relief after this order.

The Supreme Court had earlier on Monday reserved its order for two more days on the plea of the parents on the inter-state transfers.

An Apex Court bench of Justice HL Dattu, Justice MY Eqbal and Justice SA Bobde had reserved the order after senior counsel Nidhesh Gupta told the court that “fence-sitter” parents will not have any say in the matter since they chose not to come to the court and waited for the outcome of petitions by others.  The Apex Court bench refused to pass any “general order”.

The court had then taken on record the submission by government counsel Raju Ramachandran that it was not possible to increase the number of seats by five to seven in each school for the IST category. Responding to the court’s query, Ramachandran said the inability to increase seats had emerged following deliberations with the Lieutenant Governor and the schools. He had pleaded the bench to pass appropriate orders.

The nursery admissions was stalled in the city by the Supreme Court on April 11 after some parents challenged the February 27 notification, scrapping the IST quota. They had come to the Apex Court after the Delhi High Court allowed admissions without considering the IST cases.

(JPN)

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