Supreme Court to hear petition challenging HC’s order on Maratha reservation on Friday

A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Anriuddha Bose took note of the plea that the issue of Maratha quota needed an urgent hearing.

It decided to fix the petition for deliberations on July 12. The petition was filed in the apex court by Sanjeet Shukla, a representative of an NGO, “Youth for Equality”.

It challenges the Bombay High Court order which upheld the constitutional validity of the quota for the Maratha community in education and government jobs in the state.

The plea said the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which provided a 12% and a 13% quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, breached the 50% ceiling on reservation fixed by the apex court in its landmark judgment in the Indira Sahwney case, also known as the “Mandal verdict”.

The Maharashtra government had also filed a caveat in the Top Court anticipating challenge to the verdict passed by the High Court, saying no ex-parte order should be passed on any plea challenging the June 27 judgment of the high court without hearing the state.

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