Delhi HC Asks Hindu College to Admit Under-19 World Cup Cricket Player

Delhi HC asked Delhi University’s Hindu College to grant admission under sports quota to a youth who played for India in the Under-19 World Cup Cricket, 2014.

A bench of Justice Manmohan disposed of Shiv Mehra’s petition while asking the college to admit him in B.Com (H) following the compliance of admission formalities. Mehra had sought admission in the college under the sports quota and said that after the sports trial, he was declared successful but was denied admission on the ground of late submission of his intermediate class certificate, issued by a UAE school.

However, the counsel for the college was of the opinion that, the admissions in sports category were made by Sports Admission Committee constituted according to Delhi University guidelines and they do not provide that students whose results are awaited cannot appear for sports trial.

The court was of the view that since the petitioner has played ICC under 19 Cricket World Cup 2014 and Hindu College had conveyed to the petitioner that his case has been recommended for admission under the sports quota, the college on the peculiar facts of the present case is directed to grant admission to the petitioner…”.

However, court made it clear that its order, granting admission, “shall not be treated as a precedent” and left the legal issues “open”. “At the cost of repetition, it is clarified that the admission is granted to the petitioner only because respondent college had recommended the petitioner’s case for admission in July, 2014 and had conveyed an impression to petitioner that he would be granted admission. Consequently, this order shall not be treated as a precedent,” it said.

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