Maratha Reservation: Day to Day Hearings from July 27

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao while hearing a plea challenging the Bombay High Court order which upheld the SEBC Act, 2018, informed the counsels that an interim order could not be provided as a relief.

On November 30, 2018, the State of Maharashtra had enacted the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, in order to grant reservation to the Maratha community. On June 27, 2019, a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court comprising of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre upheld the constitutional validity of the SEBC Act, 2018. It directed the state to reduce the 16% reservation to 12-13%, as per the recommendations of the State Backward Classes Commission.

The plea, challenging the Bombay High Court order, submits that the SEBC Act, 2018, which provides for 12% and 13% quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, violates the principles laid in the case of Indira Sawhney v. Union of India (1992) as per which the Supreme Court capped the reservation limit at 50%.

The Supreme Court while hearing the matter stated that a day-to-day hearing would be conducted from July 27 onwards, with each side getting a period of 3 days to wrap up the submissions. The parties were directed to decide amongst themselves the time they would take to argue.

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