Supreme Court refuses, Reservation in job promotions

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday said its 2006 verdict putting benefits of quotas in job promotions for SC/ST employees need not be referred to a seven-judge bench. There is a need for quantifiable data to give reservation,” the apex court said. The court also clarified that there is no need to collect quantifiable data of backwardness of SC/STs to provide reservation in promotions.

Pronouncing the verdict, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that its 2006 verdict in the M Nagraj case need not be referred to a 7-judge bench. However, the court overturned one aspect of the 2006 order that had put a condition for the government to follow in case it wished to provide reservation in jobs.

The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, S K Kaul and Indu Malhotra. The government had strongly backed restoring quotas in promotions for SCs and STs, arguing that these communities had suffered social inequalities for years.

SC refuses to ban politicians facing criminal charges, leaves it to Parliament

NEW DELHI: In a crucial judgement the Supreme Court left the matter of disqualification of politicians carrying criminal charges against them and said it was not within its powers to disqualify politicians facing criminal cases from contesting elections  and left it to Parliament to frame an appropriate law.

The court also directed the Parliament to make a law to ensure that candidates with criminal records don’t enter public life and take part in lawmaking. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said malignancy of criminalisation of politics was “not incurable”, but the issue was required to be dealt with soon before it becomes “fatal” to the democracy.

Referring to the report of the NN Vohra Committee, set up to study the problem of criminalisation of politics,SC asks legislature to consider framing law to ensure decriminalisation of politics.

Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said “in a multi-party democracy, where members are elected on party lines and are subject to party discipline, we recommend to the Parliament to bring out a strong law. The bench, also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra