On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court, declined to give an early hearing to a plea, seeking an interim stay on the interview process of admissions of Christian students of St. Stephen’s College, of Delhi University.
The bench refused to hear the pleas urgently. The High Court said, that the single judge on June 12, who gave the date for next hearing on July 2, noted that the interviews would commence before that.
Justices Jyoti Singh and Manoj Ohri, a vacation bench, said that the matter was already listed to be heard before the single judge on July 2 and, therefore, there was no urgency. The petition, which also challenged the single judge’s June 12 decision not to interfere with the interview process, was withdrawn by the petitioner N P Ashley who is a teacher as well as a member of the college’s Governing Body, as mentioned in the views expressed by the bench.
Advocate Sunil Mathews, who is Ashley’s lawyer, had sought an urgent hearing as the admission interviews, were scheduled to commence from Friday, June 28, which was declined by the bench. With all this going on, the admit cards, or call-letter for the interviews, are made available on the college’s website. According to the June 12 order, the High Court had refused to stay the interview process for admission of Christian students in St Stephen’s College.
A petition was filed by three teachers of the college, who were against the inclusion of a member of the College’s Supreme Council, in the interview panel for the selection of Christian students. The three teacher-members of the college’s Governing Body Ashley, Abhishek Singh and Nandita Narain, who filed the petition, have challenged a decision taken by the Supreme Council at its meeting on March 12. The June 12 order ruled against the petition filed.
According to the petition heard by the single judge on June 28, it was mentioned how in the meeting, that took place on March 12, it was decided to have an additional Christian member nominated by the Supreme Council or the Governing Body of the College, to be part of the interview panel in respect of admission of Christian students in all subjects.