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HC verdict on AMU status not a setback: Arjun

Arjun Singh said the HC judgment on AMU has not come as a "setback" to the Centre.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 17:31 IST

In a guarded reaction to the Allahabad High Court order, Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh said the judgment has not come as a "setback" to the Centre.

The appeal bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday upheld its judgment in October2005 terming as "unconstitutional" the grant of minority status to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and 50 per cent reservation to Muslims.

"No decision can be a setback. It's the court's right and it has given its decision. We will decide what should be done," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

He said he would first like to study the judgment and then decide the next course of action.

Asked if there were any options, he said, "Definitely. You all know the options. You tell me what to do."

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 17:31 IST