Kochi: The Nair Service Society can go ahead with the admission of own-community students to 10% seats reserved for them in schools run by it. However, the admission should be strictly in merit as per Saturday's order of the High Court of Kerala.
The bench of Justices Alexander Thomas and Shobha Anna Eappen clarified this while considering the appeal filed by the NSS against the HC single-bench order dated 27 July that cancelled the 10% community quota that was allowed for the schools run by the managements other than the backward minorities.
The division bench had earlier stayed the order of the single bench in favour of the NSS schools. Besides, the division bench, in an interim order on 16 August, has allowed the NSS to go ahead with the admission process.
However, the court had instructed that the admission process should be completed only on the basis of further orders.
The bench has now allowed to admit Nair students in community quota seats based on merit via the centralised allotment after listening to the arguments.
The appeal would be considered again next week.
The single bench had cancelled the 10% community quota based on the suits filed by the managements including individuals, societies, trusts and agencies that are not community based.
The bench had noted that allowing such quota system based on communities was against the tenets of the Constitution.