Supreme Court strikes down the reservation for the Maratha community

The Supreme court has quashed the constitutional validity of Maharashtra law permitting reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs.  The State government has set this law providing 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community in jobs and education on 30th November 2018.

Last year, on 27th June, Bombay High Court ordered the state government brought it down to 12% reservation in education and 13% in jobs. This verdict was given based on the report by a state-appointed backward class commission headed by Former HC Judge M B Gaikwad.

Later, High Court’s verdict was challenged in SC as it was unconstitutionally and the reservation breached 50% which violates the SC’s verdict in 1992’s Indra Sawhney case. In 1992, SC passed a historic verdict that the reservation quota couldn’t exceed 50%.

In today’s verdict, SC said that Maratha Community cannot be declared as an educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category.

And it also said no need to re-examine the 1992’s verdict of capping reservation quota to 50%. The central government also supported the state government’s law for the reservation of the Maratha community.

This verdict is unanimously given by a five-judge Constitution bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat.

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