The Supreme Court today ruled out the need for reservations for scheduled castes or scheduled tribes in job promotions and turned down an appeal to reconsider its own earlier order in this regard. The court today essentially upheld its 2006 order that had said that it was not mandatory for the government to give reservations in promotions in public sector jobs.
A plea had asked the Supreme Court to set up a bench larger than the one that delivered the 2006 verdict and to reconsider the idea of having reservations for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in job promotions. The unanimous judgement was pronounced by a five-judge Constitution bench. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said states need not collect quantifiable data on the backwardness of SC/ST for giving quota in job promotion to SC/ST employees.
Setting aside a laid down in 2006 decision in M Nagaraj case, the Supreme Court said there is no need to collect data on SC/ST in reservation in promotion in government services.The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman, SK Kaul and Indu Malhotra, had reserved its verdict on August 30 after hearing various stakeholders, including the Centre, on the matter.
The top court did not comment on two other conditions given in the 2006 verdict which dealt with the adequacy of representation of SC/ST in promotions and not to disturb administrative efficiency. The bench had reserved its verdict on August 30 after hearing various stakeholders, including the Centre, on the matter.