Supreme Court Seeks Government’s Response On 10% Quota Bill
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Supreme Court Seeks Government’s Response On 10% Quota Bill

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The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the government on a fresh plea challenging its decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and admissions to general category poor candidates.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that there shall be no stay on the decision to grant quota to general category poor candidates.

The apex court, which had earlier issued notice to the government on similar petitions, on Friday ordered tagging of the fresh plea of Tehseen Poonawalla with pending ones. Similar petitions have been filed by parties, including “Janhit Abhiyan” and non-governmental organisation “Youth For Equality”, challenging the decision.

The petition, filed by Youth For Equality through its President Kaushal Kant Mishra, has sought the quashing of the bill, saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation and that the bill violates basic feature of the constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 percent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

The fresh plea filed by businessman Poonawalla has sought quashing the bill, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by "economic status alone".

Also read: Will Modi’s Double-Edged Quota Gamble Reap Electoral Gains?

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