Mumbai: An advocate appearing in a petition seeking reservation for Muslims has accused the Maharashtra government of being selective in granting reservation. Arguing before a bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Makarand Karnik, the advocate said, “The present government has granted reservation only to Marathas and has not considered Muslims.”
“The earlier government had passed an ordinance for granting reservation to both Marathas and Muslims. The same was challenged and stayed. The government constituted the SBCC to study if Marathas are backward. But there is no such commission for Muslims,” the counsel submitted. “The present government has only nullified the policies of the past government. It has no powers to take such a step,” the counsel argued. Having considered the submissions, CJ Patil has asked the government to spell out what steps it has taken in this regard.