New Delhi: Government could file a petition on an over decade-old High Court ruling quashing quota for members of Parliament in admission to Kendriya Vidyalayas, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Sibal said the petition could ask the judiciary to hike the MPs` quota from the present 2 students per MP to 6. It would also seek to allow MPs recommend admission in KVs in a neighbouring area if there is no central school in their constituency.
He made these remarks when the House was discussing amendments to the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act, 2006 and Shailendra Kumar (SP) raised the issue of MPs` quota.
The HRD Minister did not share more details of the proposed petition.
In November, 1998, the Delhi High Court had struck down discretionary quota of ministers and MPs for admission of students in KVs terming it violative of Constitution and being "misused" for furthering political interests.
A division bench of Justice RC Lahoti and Justice CK Mahajan in a judgement said the scheme was `ultra vires` and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution as it resulted in creating two artificial classes of students.
Sibal said the HRD Ministry had sent a reference to the Law Ministry sometime back on its proposal to hike the quota from 2 to 6, but the Law Ministry in its opinion said such a move would be "unconstitutional".