New Delhi, July 12 : The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay Maratha reservation and also said that the Maharashtra state government’s decision to grant reservation to Maratha people and Bombay High Court’s verdict upholding its decision, cannot be implemented with retrospective effect.
However, Supreme Court said, ‘we will hear the appeal for quashing of reservation for Maratha for admission in educational institution and government jobs.’
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took note of the plea that the issue of Maratha quota needed an urgent hearing. It decided to fix the petition for deliberations on Friday.
The plea was filed in the apex court by Sanjeet Shukla, a representative of the NGO Youth for Equality.
It challenges the Bombay High Court order which upheld the constitutional validity of the quota for the Maratha community in education and government jobs in the state.
The plea said the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which provided a 12 percent and a 13 percent quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, breached the 50 percent ceiling on reservation fixed by the apex court in its landmark judgment in the Indira Sawhney case, also known as the “Mandal verdict”.