Mumbai : Maharashtra government would soon promulgate an ordinance to give effect to the cabinet decision on quotas for Marathas and Muslims, the Bombay High Court was informed on Wednesday.

Advocate General Darius Khambata declared this in a statement before a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka which was hearing two PILs challenging the reservations announced by the government recently.

The bench took the statement on record and deferred the matter to August 5. The cabinet had recently decided to allow 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and five per cent for Muslims in jobs and educational institutions.

One petition was filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar who had written a letter to the High Court last week that he had received death threats and would not attend the proceedings as he was going to an undisclosed destination. Accordingly, he did not come to the court on Wednesday.

Another petition was filed by Indian Constitutional Council through freedom fighter Dr Laxman Patil. According to his lawyer, Gunratan Sadavarte, the reservation announced by the state constitutes discrimination amoung the communities. Although the state has proposed reservations for Marathas and Muslims, the PILs have challenged quota for the Marathas, saying they were not backward community. According to Tirodkar’s PIL, terming Marathas as socially and educationally backward is a “mockery of the people”.

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