Law minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday assured Lok Sabha members that the government will bring a constitutional amendment in the current session of Parliament to annul a Supreme Court verdict on the issue of reservations in medical faculty. The apex court has passed an order on the issue while deciding a case pertaining to reservations for faculty in super-specialty sections in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Speaker Meira Kumar, who put the listed business aside to let members from different parties speak on the issue, also urged the government to think of an amendment after having got a sense of the House.
Speaking at the end of the impromptu short discussion, Sibal said, “I will file a petition on Monday to seek a review and revocation (of the order).... If our review petition is not accepted, we will bring a constitutional amendment in the current session.”
Endorsing the views expressed by the members, he said reservations were a constitutional right and the government will not let them come under any threat. He said the case in the apex court pertained to the super-specialty and specialty. “However, they (the SC) have made observations going beyond it. These observations should be annulled.”
Dissatisfied with Sibal’s response, DMK leader T R Baalu and SP member Shailendra Kumar came into the well and started arguing with him. Their party colleagues also followed suit. Trying to counter them, Sibal said, “As far as reservations are concerned, our party has always been on the forefront...the constitutional rights (reservations) were provided by the Congress party.... You did not give them.”