Bengaluru: The National Law School of India (Amendment) Act of 2020, enacted by the Karnataka government in March this year which provides for a 25% reservation for students of Karnataka in NLSIU came under the scrutiny of the Delhi HC after Shubham Kumar Jha filed a petition in the Court challenging the constitutional validity of the amendment.
A Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad said the court of competent jurisdiction to take up the issue was in Karnataka as the State government has enacted the provision and the university was also located in the State. Shubham Kumar Jha then withdrew his plea with the liberty to move the appropriate forum.
Earlier this week, in a similar issue, the Delhi High Court had stayed the operation of a decision by the National Law University (NLU), Delhi to reserve 50% seats for candidates from the Capital saying it was taken in “haste without acting in accordance with the NLU Act”.
The High Court had remarked that “grave prejudice” would be caused to the students who would be applying for admission in NLU, Delhi for the academic year 2020-21 if the January 14 admission notification did not stay.
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