The Chief Justice of the country, Justice DY Chandrachud is in the headlines these days. During the daily hearing in the courtroom, he sometimes appears soft and sometimes hot. Recently he had become very angry at the conduct and loud manner of speaking of a lawyer. However, today his stance appeared quite soft, when he himself offered to debate a senior lawyer sitting on a chair in the courtroom over his complaint of back pain.
Generally, this does not happen in the courtroom and as per the court tradition, the lawyers stand up and argue the case before the judges in a civilized manner, but today CJI Chandrachud, while leading the seven-member bench, asked senior lawyer Rajeev Dhawan to sit on the chair and argue. Said. The Chief Justice even told Dhawan that if necessary or if he wanted more comfortable conditions, he could order a chair from his chamber and participate in the hearing by sitting on it. 77 year old Dhawan was suffering from back pain.
Let us tell you that a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court is hearing the case of giving minority status to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) from today. The Supreme Court had handed over the case to a constitution bench of 7 judges in February 2019. This bench will decide on the question whether an educational institution created by parliamentary law can be given minority status under Article 30 of the Constitution. The bench includes Justice Sanjiv Khanna, Justice Surya Kant, Justice JB Pardiwala, Justice Dipankar Dutta, Justice Manoj Mishra and Justice KV Vishwanathan.
What is the matter of AMU?
In the year 2004, the then Manmohan Singh government had issued a letter saying that Aligarh Muslim University is a minority institution, hence it can change its admission policy. After this, the university changed its policy in the admission of medical PG courses MD-MS and made a provision to give 50 percent reservation to Muslims. Dr. Naresh Aggarwal and others filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court against this decision of AMU. The High Court overturned the university’s decision. AMU appealed against that decision in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered that the status quo will remain in place until a decision is taken.