NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Wednesday refused to intervene and stay the process of the interview panel in reference to the admission of Christian students in St Stephen’s College.
Single judge bench comprising of Justice Anu Malhotra further remarked: “I am not inclined to grant the stay. I am not considering it. There’s nothing wrong in the interviews. They can go on. I don’t consider it appropriate to stay the interview process. They are seeking to maintain their institution as they want it to be. The person would be part of the governing body as per the constitution of the St Stephen College, Delhi. No stay granted. The petition is listed in front of the concerned bench."
The next date of hearing is 2 July.
Three teachers of St Stephen's College namely Abhishek Singh, N.P.Ashley, and Nandita Narain had approached the Delhi high court against the inclusion of a member of institution's supreme council in the interview panel for selection of Christian students. These three teachers are members of the college's governing body and had challenged the decision taken by the supreme council at its meeting on 12 March.
It was argued by the petitioners’ counsel today that “People who aren’t academicians shouldn’t be allowed to be part of this. What are they going to do? Our fear is that it creates precedent in creating a management quota. Why do you have to have outsiders in the admission process? When you have outsiders carrying out selection process then it is a violation."
According to the decision, an additional Christian member nominated by the supreme council would be a part of the interview panel in respect of admission of Christian students in all subjects."
The supreme council of the college is a subset of six members of the governing body and comprises all members of the Church of North India. The supreme council controls the religious and moral instruction of students.