Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In a relief to parents, the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave green signal for nursery admissions in Delhi.
Quashing February 27 notification issued by the Delhi government scrapping the inter-state transfer (IST) category for nursery admission, the apex court asked the Delhi government to raise number of seats, if required, to accommodate 24 students who approached it.
It upheld the government`s earlier notification issued on December 18, last year by which it had allotted five points to the IST category.
The five-month-old legal impasse came to an end with today`s verdict and schools in the city can now go ahead with the admission process.
On Monday, the SC had reserved its order for two more days on the plea of the parents on the inter-state transfers who have sought admission of their children.
An apex court bench of Justice HL Dattu, Justice MY Eqbal and Justice SA Bobde had reserved the order after senior counsel Nidhesh Gupta told the court that parents of only 24 children have moved the apex court and the Delhi High Court for relief.
The apex court in the course of the last hearing of the matter had asked for the list of the parents who have moved to the apex court and the high court for their children`s admissions.
On April 11, the SC put on hold the April 03 Delhi High court nod to the schools to go ahead with the admission process except in cases of admissions of inter-state transfers.
The high court, while permitting admission under all the categories, said that the nursery admissions under inter-state category would wait as it would hear the matter.
The entire admission process under the inter-state category came under a cloud as it was suspected that admissions were being pushed through under the ruse of inter-state transfer cases.
A survey pointed out attempts were being made for admissions under the inter-state category and, that the kids under the neighbourhood category were also losing out to inter-state category as the latter had more points.
However, now it has surfaced that 7,238 applications were genuine and 2,209 were not genuine transfer cases under the inter-state category.
On December 18, 2013, the Delhi government issued notification detailing criteria for admissions to nursery section. However, upon finding that a number of false applications had come under the inter-state category, it changed the criteria by a fresh notification.