Upper caste reservation: Supreme Court agrees to examine validity of Centre’s 10% EWS quota, refuses to stay decision

By: | Updated: January 25, 2019 3:54 PM

General category reservation: The Supreme Court said that it will examine the validity of the Centre's decision to grant 10% quota to poor in general category in government jobs and educational institutions.

Upper caste reservationGeneral category reservation: Supreme Court to examine Modi government’s decision

General category reservation: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Bill to amend the Constitution to grant 10% reservation to economically weaker section in the general category. The court said that it will examine the validity of the Centre’s decision to grant quota to poor in general category in government jobs and educational institutions. Refusing to order a stay on the decision, the court said it will examine the issue and issued notice to the central government.

“We will examine the issue,” a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.

The petitions were filed by parties including organisations like Janhit Abhiyan and Youth For Equality challenging the Centre’s decision. The petition, filed by Youth For Equality, has sought the quashing of the bill saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.

The plea has said the bill violates basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general categories and the 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

A similar plea has been filed by businessman Tehseen Poonawalla seeking to quash the bill, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by “economic status alone”.

The Modi government recently passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 to grant reservation to upper caste people in government jobs and educational institutions.

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