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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:59 AM IST

Maratha Reservation: Making report public will cause social unrest, Maharashtra Government tells Bombay High Court

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Mumbai: In a dramatic move, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday said it cannot make public the report recommending a reservation to Maratha community, as the same might create a law and order situation in the society. The government has claimed it does not want to scratch the healed wounds as it might result in social unrest.

A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Makarand Karnik accordingly directed the government to consider handing over a truncated copy of the report to all the petitioners, who have challenged the newly passed bill granting 16 per cent reservation to Marathas. This comes after the bench had on a previous hearing asked the government to clarify if it would make the report public.

To this query, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni said while the government was duty-bound to submit a copy of the report to the court, it apprehended giving the report to lawyers, who have filed petitions, and making it public. Kumbhakoni said, “There are some portions which are not relevant to the recommendations but pertain to the history of the Maratha community. This, we feel may create social unrest. Some wounds, though healed, if scraped, may create unrest.”

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The government counsels further claimed that some portions of the report are ‘volatile’ in nature. Having heard the submission, CJ Patil said the government can consider giving the lawyers a truncated version of the report, by deleting the said portion. The bench has posted the matter for hearing on January 23.

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Published on: Thursday, December 20, 2018, 06:55 AM IST
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