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Delhi High Court: In a petition filed by Prof. Dr. Pratap Manohar Raval (petitioner) challenging the constitution of the Selection Committee as constituted by Union of India (respondent 1), Tushar Rao Gedela J., issues notice to the respondents which has been duly accepted.

The challenge by an aspirant to the post of Director of School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi is pertaining to the Committee comprising a chairperson, who is required to be an eminent person from the field of Architecture or Planning, as also two Experts from the field of Architecture or Planning. The main grievance of the petitioner is that the incumbent chairperson is not a person who is from the field of Architecture or Planning.

Counsel for the petitioner submitted that the Committee which has been constituted violates Clause 17(1) of the Schools of Planning and Architecture Statute, 2016 as notified by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development vide the Gazette Notification dated 13-10-2016.

The Court after noting the relevant provisions and credentials of the chairperson of the Selection Committee Praveen Kumar, directed the Central Government to file the reply within 10 days and posted the matter for 25-05-2023.

Thus, the Court issued notice to the respondents and held that the selection committee formed to recommend a candidate to the President for the post of Director, School of Planning and Architecture, would be subject to the outcome of the writ petition.

[Prof Dr. Pratap Manohar Raval v Union of India, 2023 SCC OnLine Del 2765, decided on 10-05-2023]

Advocates who appeared in this case :

Mr. Namit Saxena and Mr. Shivam Raghuwanshi, Advocates for the Petitioner;

Mr. Jitesh Vikram Srivastava, SPC and Mr. Prajesh Vikram Srivastava, Advocate for the R-1;

Mr. S.K. Bhaduri and Mr. Sumit Kumar, Advocates for the R-2.

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