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The Supreme Court observed that judgment of the Gauhati High Court on February 22 was well reasoned and required no interference
The Supreme Court observed that judgment of the Gauhati High Court on February 22 was well reasoned and required no interference|File image
MIZORAM

Mizoram: Chakma students welcome SC decision on entrance exams

Apex court observes that Gauhati HC’s Feb 22 judgment defeating Mizoram (Selection of Candidates for Higher Technical Courses) Rules, 2016 is ‘well reasoned’, requires no interference

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The All India Chakma Students’ Union (AICSU) On Monday claimed that the Supreme Court dismissed the special leave petition (SPL) filed by the Mizoram government against Gauhati High Court judgment on State Medical and Technical Entrance Examination (SMATEE).

A statement notified by the students’ body highlighted that the SC bench headed by Justice SA Bobde observed that the judgment of the Gauhati High Court on February 22 was well-reasoned judgment that required no interference.

Thereby the apex court dismissed the SPL filed by the Mizoram government, the statement said, adding that the students’ union has strongly endorsed the Supreme Court’s decision.

“We heartily welcome the dismissal of the Special Leave Petition filed by the Mizoram government. If the Mizoram government violates the High Court judgment in view of the Supreme Court’s latest order, it shall be considered as contempt of the court,” AICSU president Dilip Kanti Chakma said.

The Gauhati high court on February 22 defeated the Mizoram (Selection of Candidates for Higher Technical Courses) Rules, 2016 which put the “Zo ethnic people” (Mizos) who are known as indigenous under Category-I and “non-Zo ethnic people” under Category-II . The rules also reserved 95% seats for Category I, 4% seats for Category II and 1% seats for Category-III (children of non-permanent residents of Mizoram).

The Mizoram Chakma Students’ Union (MCSU) challenged the constitutional validity of the rule in 2016. The High Court held that “the impugned rule placing children of non-Zo ethnic people of Mizoram in Category-II cannot be sustained” and it said that they should be placed along with the Zo-ethnic people of the state in the same category.

Meanwhile, the meeting of council of ministers held on July 8, declared that Category-I was reserved for only Zo-ethnic people as there are no other indigenous people other than the native Mizos in the state.