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Supreme Court ready to scrutinize the quota for poor general category

The Supreme Court, on Friday has agreed to scrutinize the pleas challenging the centre's decision of giving reservation to marginalized general category. The court has decided to hear the petitions within four weeks.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit KalraBy Shobhit Kalra

Published on 25 Jan 2019 8:30 AM GMT

Supreme Court ready to scrutinize the quota for poor general category
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Friday has agreed to scrutinize the pleas challenging the centre's decision of giving reservation to marginalized general category. The court has decided to hear the petitions within four weeks.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, issued a notice to the central government on several pleas that challenged the credibility of the 103 Constitutional Amendment Act that ensured the quota for poor general category.

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The bench said that they are probing the matter and issuing notice to the government that will be reverted within four weeks.

Various petitions were filed in the SC to challenge the government's decision of giving 10% quota to economically weaker sections in jobs and education.

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These include pleas of DMK, Janhit Abhiyan, Kaushal Kant Mishra, Youth For Equality organisation and businessman Tehseen Poonawalla

Businessman Tehseen Poonawalla , who filed a plea against the move, said that this decision has scraped the Indian Constitution. He said that backwardness for the purpose of reservation, cannot be determined by economic status solely.

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As per the Mandal Case of 1992, the overall reservation cannot exceed 50%, yet the after the general quota, the limit has reached to 60% which is against the Constitution.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit Kalra

Writer has 10 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Chief Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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