Notice to Centre, DU over St Stephen’s row

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 24, 2015 18:29 IST
A file photo of Delhi's premier St Stephen's college. (Rishi Ballabh/HT photo)

The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought responses from the ministry of human resource development and the University Grants Commission on a petition challenging the St Stephen’s College governing body’s move to amend its constitution for greater control of the Church of North India over the institution.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher also issued notice to DU, St Stephen’s College, its governing body, principal Valson Thampu, the chairman and the vice-chairman of the college on a plea filed by 21 teachers against the November 30 decision of the governing body.

“The matter needs consideration. Notice will be issued to all the respondents (eight),” the court said, adding all of them will file their replies before April 1.

The court made it clear that from now onwards, if any decision is taken by the GB, it will be the subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.

Reacting to the case, principal Valson Thampu said in a Facebook post: “A few days ago, before leaving Delhi, I sought advice from the foremost legal brain in this country on such matters. I was told that the teachers are clearly ill-advised in this matter and they are trying to brazen it out.”

Read more: St. Stephen’s bends its constitution for the Church

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