The Apex court of India agreed for hearing the petition filed by an NGO against the Bombay High Court order, which upheld the reservation provided to the Maratha community in education and the government jobs in Maharashtra. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has responded to an oral mentioning which is scheduled for July 12, the hearing of the plea.
The petition, filed by Youth for Equality through its representative Sanjeet Shukla, said the 12% and 13% quota to the community introduced in the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act had breached the 50% cap on the reservation, which was fixed by the Constitution Bench in the Indira Sawhney judgement. The order of the High Court upheld the reservation of 65% in Maharashtra region.
The petition also stated that the reservation was enacted under the political pressure, and is in the full defiance of the rule of law and equity, and the Maharashtra government made a mockery out of the rule of law. It arbitrarily used its constitutional power for its own political gains. It has further been claimed in the petition that the Bombay High Court mistook in concluding the fact that the 85% of Maharashtra’s population is backward was so extraordinary to warrant a breach of the 50% ceiling limit.
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