The Delhi High Court has requested a response from the Central government regarding a plea challenging the Ministry of Minority Affairs' decision to approve the closure of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF). The MAEF, a government-funded organization, played a crucial role in disbursing funds for education, including schemes like the Maulana Azad National Fellowship, which was discontinued by the Centre in 2022. The court, comprising Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora, instructed the government counsel to provide instruction on the matter by March 7. The petitioners, a group of citizens, argue that the discontinuation of the MAEF is arbitrary and deprives deserving students, especially girls, of scholarships. They claim that the dissolution process was not followed properly, as dictated by the Minority Ministry, and assets were to be transferred to the Central Waqf Council (CWC) instead of a similar society, violating the Societies Registration Act, 1860.