A Delhi High Court bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal has quashed AAP government’s appeal related to Nursery admissions. AAP government had filed an appeal against the interim stay of the neighborhood criterion, which came into effect on January 17. In the earlier ruling, it was approved that 298 private unaided schools, built on public land, can use their own criteria for nursery admissions. The High Court has refused to interfere in the earlier verdict and rejected AAP’s appeal.
The matter dates back to January 7, when the AAP government in Delhi had issued a notification that 298 private schools built on Delhi Development Authority land will have to provide preference to nursery admission to children living in the neighborhood. If some of the seats were vacant, then preference was to be given to children living in a 3-km radius. However, this notification was stayed by Justice Manmohan, saying that the notification was “arbitrary, unreasonable and against the public interest”.
Rejecting AAP’s claim, Justice Manmohan had said that public interest cannot be limited to only 298 schools. He added that lack of good schools in the Capital is the root cause of chaos related to nursery admission.