Seven-judge SC bench to decide minority tag for Aligarh Muslim University

Feb 12, 2019 by

The Centre maintains that it cannot be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state.

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A seven-judge bench will decide minority tag for Aligarh Muslim University, other institutions, the Supreme Court said today.

In July 2016, the Centre withdrew an appeal filed in the Supreme Court by the previous Congress-led UPA government that had sought to retain the minority tag for AMU.. The Centre took a stand in the Supreme Court that the Aligarh Muslim University could not be categorised as a minority institution and the government claimed that it cannot be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state.

In August 2016, AMU told the top court that the NDA government’ s decision to withdraw the university’s “minority status” was politically motivated and argued that a mere change of regime at the Centre cannot be the grounds for a decision affecting community members across the country.

.The Aligarh Muslim University Act was enacted in 1920 dissolving and incorporating Mohammedan-Anglo-Oriental (MAO) College. Parliament passed the AMU (Amendment) Act in 1951. The Act did away with compulsory instruction in Muslim theology. The amendment opened membership of the Court of AMU to non-Muslims.

Source: Seven-judge SC bench to decide minority tag for Aligarh Muslim University | india news | Hindustan Times

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