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Supreme Court reserves the decision regarding minority status of Aligarh Muslim University

New Delhi: A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court has reserved its decision on the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University. The court will soon give its verdict on this matter. After several days of heated debate, the court today i.e. on Thursday reserved its decision on the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Let us inform you that a bench of 7 judges headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud heard the arguments of the rival parties for 8 days.

The matter has been stuck for several decades

The bench also includes Justices Sanjiv Khanna, Surya Kant, JB Pardiwala, Dipankar Dutta, Manoj Mishra and Satish Chandra Sharma. Let us tell you that the issue of minority status of AMU has been stuck in the legal maze for the last several decades. On February 12, 2019, the court had referred the controversial issue to a bench of 7 judges.

What is the matter?

A similar case was also given in 1981. In the year 1967, in the case of S Aziz Basha vs Union of India, a bench of 5 judges had said that since AMU is a central university, it cannot be considered a minority institution. However, when Parliament passed the AMU (Amendment) Act in 1981, the institution regained its minority status. Subsequently, in January 2006, the Allahabad High Court struck down the provision of the 1981 law that had granted minority status to the university. The Congress-led UPA government at the Center filed an appeal against the Allahabad High Court order. Apart from this, the university also filed a separate PIL against it.

NDA government again raised the issue

Then the BJP-led NDA government told the Supreme Court in 2016 that it would withdraw the appeal filed by the previous UPA government. It had cited the Supreme Court’s 1967 judgment in the Basha case to claim that AMU is not a minority institution as it is a government-funded central university.

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