High Court rejects man’s plea seeking admission under PU riot quota

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a 2016 petition in which a man sought admission to Punjab University, Chandigarh under the 2% seat quota reserved for sons/daughters/husbands /wife/brothers/sisters of those killed/incapacitated in the November 1984 riots and of those killed or incapacitated in terrorist violence in Punjab and Chandigarh.

The petitioner, Mahip Singh Uppal, through his attorney, had told the court in his plea that he was the grandson of a person whose property was burned down during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. the basis of certain documents, he prayed that, on the basis of the fact that he was the grandson of a person affected by the riots, he should be admitted under the 2% quota prescribed in the broucher notified by the University of Punjab.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Divisional Bench, consisting of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker and Justice Arun Palli, after hearing the plea, said: “From the reading of the clause providing for a reservation of 2% for the sons/daughters/husband/wife/brothers/sisters of those killed/disabled in the riots of November 1984 and those killed/disabled in the terrorist violence in Punjab and Chandigarh, it is evident that the grandchildren children are not included. Admittedly, the applicant is the grandson of an alleged victim of a riot. Thus, he does not fall into the said category.”

The HC added that the 2% reserve is restricted for the sons/daughters/husband/wife/brothers/sisters of people who were “killed/disabled during the November 1984 riots”. In the present case, the applicant or a member of his family was not killed or incapacitated during the riots. Only the house that belonged to his grandfather was burnt down. The HC therefore considered that the benefit, as claimed by the claimant, cannot be granted.

The court also noted that by Interim Order dated 19 August 2016, the University of Panjab, Chandigarh and others had granted interim admission to the petitioner in return for seats reserved for riot victims, under which Uppal was been admitted to the University Institute of Engineering and Technology. , PU, ​​Chandigarh, for Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology) course. He completed the course in May 2020 and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology).

The HC has ruled that the course undertaken and completed by the Petitioner pursuant to an interim order made by this Court is approved, making the interim order dated August 19, 2016, absolute.

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