SC seeks Centre’s response on fresh plea against 10% quota, refuses to bring stay on decision to grant reservation

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging its decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and admissions to economically weak general category candidates.

Press Trust of India February 08, 2019 13:15:17 IST
SC seeks Centre’s response on fresh plea against 10% quota, refuses to bring stay on decision to grant reservation
  • The SC on Friday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging its decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and admissions

  • A bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that there shall be no stay on the decision to grant quota to general category economically weak candidates

  • Petitions have been filed by parties, including 'Janhit Abhiyan' and NGO 'Youth For Equality', challenging the Centre's decision

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging its decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and admissions to economically weak general category candidates.

SC seeks Centres response on fresh plea against 10 quota refuses to bring stay on decision to grant reservation

File image of Supreme Court. PTI

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that there shall be no stay on the decision to grant quota to candidates. The apex court, which had earlier issued a notice to the Centre on similar petitions, on Friday ordered the tagging of the fresh plea of Tehseen Poonawalla with pending ones.

Petitions have been filed by parties, including 'Janhit Abhiyan' and NGO 'Youth For Equality', challenging the Centre's decision.

The petition, filed by Youth For Equality through its president Kaushal Kant Mishra, has sought the quashing of the bill, saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation and that the bill violates basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 percent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

The fresh filed by businessman Poonawalla has sought quashing the bill, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by "economic status alone".

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