Supreme Court upholds SAP’s 10% quota in government jobs and education

The Center, through the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019, introduced the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Reservation provision in Admissions and Utilities.

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A bench of five constitutional judges headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit delivered the verdict on the matter. Representative image.

The Supreme Court on Monday (November 7) upheld the 10% reservation for people from economically weaker sections (EWS) in admissions and government jobs.

It was a 3-2 verdict in the Supreme Court on a batch of pleas challenging the validity of the 103rd Amendment to the Constitution.

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A bench of five constitutional judges headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit delivered the verdict on the matter.

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The higher court heard up to 40 petitions and most of the pleas, including the main one filed by “Jahit Abhiyan” in 2019, challenged the validity of the Constitution Amendment Act 2019 (103rd).

On September 27, the Supreme Court reserved the verdict on the legal issue of whether the EWS quota violated the basic structure of the Constitution after hearing from a battery of senior lawyers, including then-Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, in the marathon hearing that lasted six and a half days.

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Academician Mohan Gopal had opened arguments in the case before the bench, which also included Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, S Ravindra Bhat, Bela M Trivedi and JB Pardiwala, on September 13 and opposed the quota amendment EWS calling it “misleading and misleading”. backdoor attempt” to destroy the concept of booking.

The Center, through the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019, introduced the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Reservation provision in Admissions and Utilities.

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Earlier, the Center in 2019 also told the Supreme Court that its law, granting a 10% quota to economically weaker sections, was introduced to promote “social equality” by providing “equal opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded because of their economic situation”.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha approved the bill on January 8 and 9, 2019 respectively and it was later signed by then President Ram Nath Kovind. The EWS quota exceeds the existing reservation by 50% for SCs, STs, and other retrograde classes (OBCs).

(With contributions from the agency)

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