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Minority status to Aligarh Muslim University: SC refers issue to 7-judge bench

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to seven-judge bench the issue of figuring out the correctness of minority standing granted to Aligarh Muslim University.

A 3-judge bench headed by way of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi referred the topic to the bigger bench for defining the parameters for grant of minority standing to tutorial institutions.

The then UPA-led centre govt had filed an attraction towards the 2006 verdict of the Allahabad high courtroom conserving that the college was once no longer a minority establishment. The varsity management had also filed a separate plea towards the high courtroom verdict at the factor.

The BJP govt at the Centre had in 2016 told the apex courtroom that it will withdraw the attraction filed by way of the erstwhile UPA govt.

It stated a five-judge Constitution bench in 1968 in the Aziz Basha case had held that AMU was once a "central university" and no longer a minority establishment.

After the 1968 verdict, the AMU (Amendment) Act, 1981 got here into force.

The Allahabad high courtroom had in January 2006 struck down the provision of the Act wherein the university was once accorded the minority standing.

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