Wednesday 4 January
In a major blow to YSR government's promise to give 5 percent reservations to Muslims in government jobs, the Supreme Court declined to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court judgement quashing an ordinance providing the jobs reservations and ordered a status quo while referring the issue to a Constitution Bench. A day later, the Allahabad High Court also rejected the union government's plea for restoring the minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University and scrapping 50 per cent reservation for Muslim students. Upholding the single Bench judgement of 4th October 2005 declaring that AMU was not a minority institution and 50 reservation for Muslims was illegal, a two-member bench ruled that according the university the status of a minority institution was "ultra vires to the Constitution". The court also said that admissions for the academic session of 2006-2007 "will be free to all" but clarified that those students, who have been given admission earlier under the quota system and are studying in the university, will continue to do so.