New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to club all petitions against 10% reservation to the economically weaker sections and hear them on May 2 on a fresh plea to stay the Constitution amendment effected early this year in breach of the court’s ceiling of 50% on the reservations.
The bench of Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer did not pass any stay order but said it may observe that any appointments under 10% quota will be subject to the outcome of challenge to the 103rd Constitution Amendment passed by Parliament in January.
The Court’s observation came on a plea by senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan appearing for one of the petitioner that any appointments made under the 10% quota would be difficult to be reversed at a later stage.
When Attorney General KK Venugopal opposed any consideration of stay on the appointments on the ground that such a prayer has been refused twice by the Court in February and March, Dhavan retorted that the stay was not refused outright but Court declined to pass any order “at this stage” without hearing both sides.
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