High Court dismisses petition seeking stay on St Stephen’s College admission interviews

Justice Anu Malhotra had earlier refused to intervene in the matter, contending that the court did not find anything wrong in the interview process.

“I do not consider it appropriate to stay the interview process,” Justice Malhotra said.

The order came on a petition filed by three teachers – NP Ashley, Abhishek Singh & Nandita Narain, challenging the decision to have an additional Christian member nominated by the institution’s supreme council to be a part of the interview panel for admission of students.

On May 17, the student union & staff association of the college staged a protest against the alleged interference of the church authorities along with a member of the institution’s supreme council in a panel to select students.

They also wrote an open letter to the college principal, urging him to develop communication opportunities with them.

The supreme council is a subset of 6 members of the governing body of the Church of North India.

The chairperson of both the council & governing body is the Bishop of Delhi & the member secretary is the principal.

According to the college constitution, the supreme council will control the religious & moral instruction of the students & all matters affecting its religious character as a Christian college of the Church of North India. It shall have no jurisdiction over the administration of the college.

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