Bilaspur. The High Court has issued a notice to the state government and the Indira Gandhi Agricultural University on a petition challenging the legality of the rule made for admission to B.Sc Agricultural Honors. The Division Bench of Chief Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice Parth Pratim Sahu has issued instructions to keep one seat reserved.
According to sources, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University and the State Government have made rules for entrance to the B.Sc Agriculture Honors. Under this rule, there will be no entrance examination due to the pandemic, but instead, admissions will occur on the marks obtained in class 12th. On the other hand, the government has changed the rule that gives admittance to the children of Naxalite affected people. Now, only the sons and daughters of the Naxalite victims can apply for the benefit. Calling the rule as unfair, Shruti Gandharala of Naxalite affected family has challenged its constitutionality in the High Court through advocate MPS Bhatia. The petition states that the petitioner's grandfather G. Mallaram was returning from election duty with his team on April 12, 2014, when the Naxals ambushed him. Till now, there was a provision to benefit the grandchildren of the victim's family. But now, for the first time, only sons and daughters of the afflicted family can apply for benefits. Taking cognizance of the matter, the Division Bench has issued instructions to reserve a seat in the B.Sc Agriculture Honors. Also, the court has summoned a reply by Tuesday from the university and the government.