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Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik, constituting a Supreme Court bench, Wednesday recused themselves from hearing a petition challenging clause procedures being followed by Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University for admitting students against the quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The bench recused itself from hearing the matter after senior counsel P.P. Rao told the court that the matter should be heard by a bench on which Justice Dalveer Bhandari is present because he had dealt with the matter on the last occasion.

Rao said that since the issue involves the clarification and interpretation of what has already been decided by Justice Bhandari, it should go back to him.While referring the matter to Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia so that it could be listed before an appropriate bench, Justice Raveendran said: ‘I am on the verge of retirement and don’t want to get involved in any controversy.’

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