New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the implementation of 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs and said the Maratha quota for jobs or college admissions can’t be approved at this moment.
Meanwhile hearing the matter the three-judge bench of the top court mentioned the Maratha quota matter to the larger bench which will be set up by Chief Justice of India.
The three-judge bench of Justices:
- L Nageswara Rao
- Hemant Gupta
- S Ravindra Bhat
Earlier, Maharashtra had passed a law which allowed 16%quota in educational institutions and government jobs. Maratha community has been granted reservation under an independent category socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC).
The approval of the Bill has increased the reservation in Maharashtra from the current 52% to 68%, thus crossing the 50% ceiling set by Supreme Court in Indra Sawhney Case (1992).
Soon after the law was challenged. Bombay High Court had upheld the constitutional validity of the law of the state.
However, the court has cut down the significance of quota and said it was not “justifiable”.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday put an interim stay on reservation for Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions for undergraduate courses in Maharashtra.
Maratha quota for Govt jobs, College admissions now, SC refers matter to larger bench
On July 27, the Maharashtra government had assured the top court that it would not proceed with the recruitment process to fill up the vacancies based on 12 per cent Maratha reservation till September 15 except for departments Public Health and Medical Education and Research.