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Maratha quota valid but should be reduced from 16%, says Bombay HC

Bombay High Court says reservation for Marathas should be reduced as recommended by the State Backward Classes Commission.

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A Maratha group in Thane marches in protest to press for reservations in jobs and education institutes in this file photo. | Photo: PTI

Press Trust of India Mumbai
Reservation for Marathas in Maharashtra government jobs and education institutes is constitutionally correct but should be reduced from 16 per cent to 12-13 per cent, said the Bombay High Court on Thursday.

"We hold and declare that the state government possesses legislative competence to create a separate category of the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) and grant reservation," said a bench comprising Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre.

The court said the reservation should be reduced as recommended by the State Backward Classes Commission.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging Maharashtra government's decision granting 16 per

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First Published: Jun 27 2019 | 4:25 PM IST

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