PU to finally free vacant OBC seats for general category

Indian Express, Oct 21, 2008

Chandigarh, October 20 : It took more than a fortnight and a contempt case in the High Court for the Punjab University (PU) to comply with the directions issued by the Supreme Court to de-reserve seats lying vacant under the OBC quota. On October 4, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the university to free the seats for general category students, but PU did not do so. As a result, a contempt case was filed, which comes up for hearing on Tuesday.
Jungshed Singh, who was seeking admission for his son in the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), had filed a writ petition in the HC after PU refused to de-reserve the vacant seats. Talking to Newsline, he said: ¶We had moved the court seeking relief. But even after the court gave directions to the university to de-reserve the seats, the latter did not comply with the orders. Hence, we filed a contempt case.¶
Sources in PU said it was in the absence of any written directions that the authorities did not de-reserve the seats. PU officials said they had now decided to comply with the order. When asked what took the university so long to decide on de-reserving the seats even after the court’s orders, Vice-Chancellor Professor R C Sobti initially refused to answer, saying: ¶You are not my boss to ask me such questions.¶ He later said: ¶There is a set procedure and we are following it.¶
Legal Retainer for PU Advocate Anupam Gupta said: ¶I was approached by PU for legal opinion. I have advised them to de-reserve the vacant seats under OBC quota in all departments. I told them to place an advertisement, declaring de-reserving of all seats lying vacant under the OBC quota. This decision will be extended to all departments, including the UILS.¶




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