Supreme Court stays High Court’s order : Big relief to 17 lakh Madrasa students of UP

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New Delhi : The Supreme Court has stayed the order given by Allahabad High Court on March 22. In its order, the High Court had declared ‘UP Board of Madrasa Education Act 2004’ as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court said that it is not right for the Allahabad High Court to say that the Madrasa Board violates the secular principle of the Constitution. Along with this, the Supreme Court has also stopped the process of adjusting 17 lakh students and 10 thousand teachers of Madarsa Board in other schools. The bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra has also issued notice to the Central Government and Uttar Pradesh Government in this matter.

A lawyer named Anshuman Singh Rathore had filed a petition in the High Court challenging the constitutionality of the UP Madarsa Law, on which the High Court had ordered to abolish the Madarsa Law considering it unconstitutional. The division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Vivek Chaudhary and Justice Subhash Vidyarthi said in its order that ‘the government does not have the power to constitute a board for religious education or to form a school education board for any particular religion.’ The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, in its order, had directed the state government to accommodate the students studying in madrassas of the state in other schools.

The High Court had also said in its order that the Madrasa law also violates Section 22 of the ‘University Grant Commission (UGC) Act 1956’. According to media reports, 16,513 registered and 8,449 unregistered madrassas are operating in Uttar Pradesh. In which about 25 lakh students study.


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