A single-judge bench held that the said challenge on CSAS is unsubstantial. There is no reason to hold that CSAS is unreasonable. It also does not violate Article 14 or Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Moreover, the courts cannot interfere with policy matters unless the said policy is found to offend any of the constitutional guarantees.
Students had earlier filed a plea challenging the constitutionality of DU’s CSAS 2022 for admissions in various UG courses through CUET 2022. However, the Delhi High Court dismissed the plea stating that CSAS is neither arbitrary nor unreasonable.
A single-judge bench held that the said challenge is unsubstantial. There is no reason to hold that CSAS is unreasonable and violates Article 14 or Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Moreover, the courts cannot interfere with policy matters unless the said policy is found to offend any of the constitutional guarantees.
Also, this court cannot accept that the petitioners have any right to insist on participating in fresh rounds for the reallocation of the seats or on the change of their seats. Thus, the present petition will be dismissed in the above view.
The plea was submitted by two candidates who after qualifying for CUET had applied for CSAS. They were required to give their college and course preference. They were also entitled to choose and select more preferences.
Moreover, given the conditions, the candidates were given the option to change their preferences between October 14 and October 16. As both the candidates had secured high marks in CUET, they were allocated seats as per the first preference respectively.
Both the candidates accepted their admission to St Stephen\’s College according to their first preference. One of them had taken admission to the BA (Hons) English. Moreover, the other had taken admission to the BA program.
However, later the candidates felt that their first preference was incorrect. They sought to alter the same but the Delhi University declined the request. The candidates argued that Delhi University could address their grievance by interchanging the seats that had been allocated to them.
CSAS Policy – Not considered for future rounds
Delhi University stated that according to the CSAS 2022 allocation system, the candidates will not be considered in the subsequent rounds of allocation if they have been allocated their first preference in any round.
Considering the policy, the high court held that the petition of the candidate is contrary to the CSAS. Moreover, the students who sought admission as per their first preference have no scope for further upgradation. Therefore, the change of seats sought by the candidates is not permissible.
However, the court said that Delhi University and St Stephen’s College should consider the request made by the candidates if other student\’s rights were not adversely affected. It was also clarified that it would not constitute a precedent if the requests of the candidates are entertained.
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