Orissa High Court: NRI/NRI sponsored quota in NLUs is like Reservation for Elite Class

The Orissa High Court was on Tuesday “constrained” to observe that the Non-Resident Indian Sponsored (NRIS) quota in the NLUs is an “affront to the meritorious candidates who toiled day night to secure seats through CLAT”.
“The candidates belonging to the category of NRI/NRIS, who are very low ranked in the merit list often get seats in the NLUs whereas the general candidates having secured better marks also lag behind the NRIS students and get disappointed”, said the bench of Justices S. Panda and S. K. Panigrahi.
Remarking that this is “like the reservation for the elite class”, the division bench observed that “this dubious category of quota is unconstitutional”.
“The eligibility and selection under this category are unregulated, illegal and arbitrary. Even the apex court has observed in P. A. Inamdar vs. State of Maharashtra that admissions under this category is given to less meritorious students just because they could afford to pay the higher fees demanded by the University”, reflected the bench.
Finally, the bench observed that since all the seats under “NRI/NRIS category” have already been filled up by NLU, Odisha and no further seats are available, it is not inclined to entertain the petition and disposed off the same.

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