SLP filed by Tamil Nadu government for implementation of 50% reservation in medical colleges for backward classes

The Tamil Nadu state government approached the Supreme Court after being disappointed with the center’s insensitivity towards the matter, which on June 11th asked them to approach Madras High Court for the issue.

However the High Court adjourned the matter till July 9, after consultation with Human Resource Development Ministry, Union Health Ministry, and Director-General of Health Services.

The aforementioned parties, after being served notice informed the High Court that the said matter would be taken up by the Supreme Court on July 8th. They also appraised that they had filled affidavit in the Apex Court in a seemingly similar matter of ‘Saloni Kumar v. DG Health Services’, mentioning that reservation would be implemented on the state to state basis under OBC quota for the All India Quota (AIQ) seats.

Aggrieved by the High Court’s insensitivity regarding the vitality of the matter the state government approached the Supreme Court and filed the Special Leave Petition (SLP), which seeks directions to provide 50% reservations for Most Backward Classes and Denotified community in admission to UG, PG, and diploma medical and dental courses seats in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The state government claimed that the High Court was not right in giving representations to the center. Also, they explicitly stated that adjourning the matter till July 9 depicts that the High Court is waiting for the result of the ‘Saloni Kumar Case’.

However, the state government contended that High Court should not wait for ‘Saloni Kumar’ matter because “Saloni Kumari pertains to reservation for OBCs under seats surrendered to AIQ by medical colleges located in the State of Uttar Pradesh and not to the rest of India or to Tamil Nadu.”

Further state government seeks Supreme Court to direct the High Court to expeditiously hear and dispose of the matter because the second round of counseling for the admission in the colleges is over and allocation of seats are going on and there is a serious need to provide provisional reservation on an urgent basis otherwise it would deny the admission to hundreds of deserving OBC candidates.

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