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Minority status: Aligarh Muslim University moves Supreme Court

New Delhi | April 08, 2006 8:15:05 PM IST

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has challenged a high court judgement that held it was not a minority institution and disallowed reservation of seats for Muslim students

In a special leave petition, the university maintained that the Allahabad High Court in its January 5 judgement had wrongly held that the 1981 constitutional amendment conferring the minority status was unconstitutional.

The AMU pointed out that the university was established in 1920 by the Muslim community and the university’s administration had been in the hands of Muslims throughout its history.

The petitioner said the impugned judgement did not correctly appreciate the law laid down by the Supreme Court on the meaning and concept of `establishment’ under Article 30 (1) of the constitution, particularly in the context of institutions established before the constitution came into effect.