Reservation for Maratha community in jobs, education struck down by Supreme Court

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Maratha reservation in education and jobs has been struck down by the Supreme Court. The court has said the Maratha reservation law violates the right to equality.

Supreme Court has struck down reservation for the Maratha community. (PTI)

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Reservation for Maratha community in education and jobs has been struck down by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has quashed the Maharashtra law which gave reservation to Marathas and said it violates “right to equality”.

The decision of the Maharashtra government to declare the Maratha community as Educationally and Socially Backward Category (ESBC) has been struck down by the Supreme Court.

The court has said those students who have been admitted to post-graduate courses under the quota will not be affected since they have not been given reservation.

The Supreme Court said, “The 2018 Maharashtra state law violates right to equality. We won’t re-examine the 1992 verdict which capped reservation at 50%.”

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A batch of petitions challenging the Bombay High Court verdict which had upheld the grant of reservation to Marathas in admissions and government jobs in the state was challenged in the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court’s five-judge Constitution bench on Wednesday pronounced its judgment on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a Maharashtra law that granted reservation to the Maratha community in education and jobs.

The court said, “There is no valid reason to breach the 50% ceiling to give reservation to Marathas.” The Supreme Court has quashed the Maharashtra SEBC Act which has given reservation to Marathas.

The lengthy hearing in Supreme Court on the issue of Maratha quota saw submissions being made on whether the landmark 1992 Indra Sawhney verdict (called the Mandal judgment), which put a cap of 50% on reservations, requires reconsideration by a larger bench.

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