Kochi: The Supreme Court has issued a notice seeking its response in the case of giving minority scholarship funds to Muslim and Christian students in Kerala. The Supreme Court also issued a notice on a petition seeking a stay on the Kerala High Court verdict. However, the apex court has refused to stay the verdict. The next hearing in the case will be four weeks later.
The Kerala High Court had stayed the state government's scholarship scheme saying there should not be a proportional distinction between minority students. The state government was implementing a plan to provide scholarships in the ratio of 80:20 among Muslim and Christian students. A bench of Kerala High Court Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chali had said that there should be no discrimination between minority students. Justin Pallivatukkal, a Christian in the Kerala High Court, had challenged the scheme while filing a PIL.
Now the Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court in this case. In the petition, the government described the high court order as irrational, misinformation based and thoughtless. The government has said in the court that the decision to run the scholarship scheme is based on the report of the Justice Sachar committee and Pilloli Mohammad Kutty committee.