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Centre not to support AMU on grant of minority status

The NDA government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it would withdraw the appeal filed by the erstwhile UPA government challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict holding the Aligarh Muslim University as non-minority institution.

Centre not to support AMU on grant of minority status
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

New Delhi

“I changed my mind two months ago,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a threejudge bench headed by Justice JS Kehar about the Centre’s decision to withdraw the appeal and distance itself from AMU, which has sought to counter it. 

“I am distancing myself from the AMU,” he further told the bench. He submitted that as the AMU was set up by the Central Act and in 1967, a five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had in Aziz Basha judgement held it as a “central university” and not a minority institution. Rohatgi said an amendment was brought in 1981 to accord the university minority status which was held unconstitutional by the HC.

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