New Delhi : The Supreme Court has banned Maratha reservation in college admissions and jobs on Wednesday. The court has said in an interim order that Maratha reservation will not get the benefit during admission in jobs and educational institutions in the year 2020-2021. A three-member bench hearing the matter has now decided to refer it to a larger bench.
While hearing the case, a bench headed by Justice LN Rao said that the decision will not affect the status of those who have availed the quota so far. This order of the court has given relief to those who had got the benefit of this quota in the last nearly two years. Due to this decision of the court, students will not get the benefit of quota in the current academic session.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has said that it is currently stayed and its validity will be decided by the Constitutional Bench. A constitutional bench means a bench of 5 or more judges. The Supreme Court said that PG admissions will not affect. Chief Justice SA Bobde said that it would constitute a larger bench for the case which would consider the validity of Maratha reservation.
Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018 was implemented to provide reservation to Maratha community in Maharashtra for jobs and admissions. The Bombay High Court upheld the law in June last year, stating that 16 per cent reservation is not justified. Reservation in employment should not exceed 12 percent and in admission not more than 13 percent. Balasaheb Thorat, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress and State Revenue Minister, has recently said that the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi Government is committed to provide reservation to Maratha community in jobs and education and will leave no stone unturned to present the case in the Supreme Court on this issue.