Supreme Court quashes Maharashtra legislation granting reservation to Maratha neighborhood

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the Maharashtra legislation granting reservation to the Maratha neighborhood in admissions and authorities jobs within the state. The prime court docket made it clear in its judgment that folks from the Maratha neighborhood can’t be declared as educationally and socially backward neighborhood to carry them throughout the reserved class.

A five-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat additionally refused to refer the 1992 Mandal judgment, setting a 50 per cent cap on reservation, to a bigger bench for reconsideration.

The bench concurred on three main points, framed throughout the listening to, and stated that no distinctive circumstances or the case was made out by Maharashtra to breach the 50 per cent cap on reservation.

The judgment got here on a batch of pleas difficult the Bombay High Court verdict which had upheld the grant of reservation to Marathas in admissions and authorities jobs within the state.

On March 26, the highest court docket had reserved its verdict on the batch of pleas. The excessive court docket, whereas upholding the legislation in June 2019, had held that 16 per cent reservation was not justifiable and the quota shouldn’t exceed 12 per cent in employment and 13 per cent in admissions.

The Centre had argued within the prime court docket that Maharashtra has the legislative competence for granting reservation to Marathas and its determination is Constitutional because the 102nd modification doesn’t denude a state of the facility to declare its checklist of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC).

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