SC says Maratha reservation not retrospective

The Supreme Court, today, said that Maharashtra government’s order giving reservation to the Maratha community in education and jobs will not be with retrospective effect even as it issued notice to the state government in the case.

Petitioners in the case had said that the government had notified the reservation policy with retrospective effect from 2014. The Bombay High Court has upheld the reservation given to the Maratha community but brought down the quantum of reservation from 16%, as determined by the state assembly, to 12-13%.

The top court also issued notice to the state government and said that all actions taken pursuant to the High Court order shall be subject to the outcome of the proceeding before the Supreme Court.

Maharashtra has 64-65 per cent reservation in education and government jobs, second only to Tamil Nadu, which has 69%. The Supreme Court has refused to put a stay on Maratha reservation in state government jobs and colleges and is expected to soon hear appeals for quashing the quota.

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