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SC nod to SEBC quota for Marathas

DNMUM439193 | 7/13/2019 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :423 | India

New Delhi/Mumbai: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday allowed the Maharashtra government to go ahead with reservations for Marathas in state jobs and admissions, as allowed by the Bombay High Court in June this year. However, it imposed restrictions on extending benefits of this law to appointments/admissions prior to the date the law came into force.
On June 27, Bombay High Court had approved the Maharashtra State Reservation - applicable for admission in educational institutions and for appointments in public service posts - for Socially and Educationally Backward Category (SEBC) Act, 2018. This was cleared by the State Assembly on November 30, 2018. The top court, however, reduced the quota from the prescribed 16% to 12 per
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He cited news reports indicating that the Centre’s July 11 order extended benefits of reservation to appointments made way back in 2014 under a similar law enacted soon after the Devendra Fadnavis government came to power that year. The same was stayed by the HC in April 2015, following which a fresh exercise was undertaken.
“We are not staying the HC order,” said the Bench and issued notice to the state government, “The reservation so ordered by the High Court will have no retrospective effect.” The Court further indicated that all reservations made pursuant to the High Court order shall be subject to the outcome of the appeals pending with the apex court.
Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra’s minister of higher and technical education clarified that the government was not implementing the quota for the Maratha community with retrospective effect. He also said erroneous information on SC’s judgment was being circulated. “The Supreme Court has not stayed the HC order upholding SEBC Act. There is no stay on the recruitment or admission process,” he clarified.
A senior bureaucrat said the state had issued a notification on Thursday to protect the recruitment of Maratha candidates for the pending recruitment process initiated under the Educationally and Socially Backward Class (ESBC) category between July 9, 2014 and Nov 11, 2014.

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