Chennai, Jul 30 (PTI) The Madras High Court Wednesday quashed a government order mandating minority educational institutions to admit not less than 50 per cent of students belonging to the community every year to retain their minority status.Also Read - West Bengal Cabinet Gives Nod To Recruit 2020 Women Police Constables

The state government does not have power to pass such order in connection with minority status of educational institutions under the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act, Justice T Raja held. Also Read - Delhi Rains: Flights Delayed For Second Day at IGI Airport, Airlines Issue Passenger Advisory | Tweets Inside

He was allowing a petition by the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary seeking to quash last year’s April 5 government order. Also Read - Women's T20 Challenge: Supernovas Beat Trailblazers By 49 Runs

The petitioner contended that the government order imposed a burdensome and impractical condition, modifying the principles that have stood the test of time.

It suffered from executive mala-fide to indirectly deprive the minority status to the educational institutions established and administered by the minority community, the petitioner submitted.

There cannot be a common rule throughout the state to admit a minimum of 50 per cent minority students in the state, as condition precedent for minority status, while the Christian population was only 6.1 per cent in the demography of the state, it was contended.

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