Supreme Court stays reservation for the Maratha community
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I- Society & GS-II – Judiciary
- The Supreme Court has stayed reservation for the Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions in Maharashtra.
- A three-judge bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao referred the case to a larger bench.
- The Bench will consider the constitutional validity of 2018 Maharashtra government law providing reservation to Marathas in the State.
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- Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act originally provided 16% reservation for Maratha community in educational institutions and government jobs.
- The law was challenged before Bombay High Court which in June 2019 upheld its validity but reduced the quota to 12% in educational institutions and 13% in jobs.
- Appeals were filed before the SC stating that the reservation would lead to breach of the 50% cap laid down by the Apex Court in its 1992 judgment of Indra Sawhney versus Union of India.
- Maharashtra government had on August 26, 2020, asked the SC to place the matter before a larger bench considering the fact that it involves determination of substantial legal questions.