New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea by three students seeking reservation of seats for the LLB course in Delhi University for the academic year 2014-2015.
A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw rejected the petition by Pankaj Kumar Tiwari and two others saying that there was no merit in it.
The students had earlier filed an interim application, during pendency of their main petition, before a single-judge bench of the high court which had denied them the relief.
The single bench in its order had declined the interim relief observing that since the court till date had not reached the conclusion that the appellants had been unjustly and illegally denied admission, no such relief could be granted.
The main petition is still pending before the single bench of the high court and it is scheduled to come up for hearing on July 30.
The petitioners contended before the division bench that they should be granted admission in the next academic year on the basis of their last result without undergoing any further entrance test.
They also said they were successful in the LLB entrance test held in Delhi University for 2013-14 and were entitled to be admitted and have been wrongly denied admission.
If they succeed in their petition, they cannot be left without any relief of admission as sought in the plea, particularly when they have already suffered for one year, they submitted.
The court, in its order, relied on a Supreme Court judgement that the reward of success in one competition cannot be given in another in which the petitioner has not participated or competed.
It also said that the Supreme Court has unequivocally held that the carry-forward principle is inapplicable and the vacant reserved seats for previous years cannot be filled up by a candidate of previous year`s merit list or waiting list.