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HC refuses interim stay on Maha legislation on Maratha quota

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The on Wednesday refused to order an interim stay on the government's new legislation providing reservation to community.

A bench of and Justice M S Karnik, which was hearing a PIL challenging the legislation, however, agreed to grant a detailed hearing on December 10 to all pending petitions on the issue.

The bench was hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed last month by opposing the government's decision to provide 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to the community in the state.

The PIL claimed the new law was in violation of the Supreme Court's previous orders mandating that caste and community based reservation in states should not exceed 50 per cent.

The state's V A opposed Sadavarte's plea and told the bench that the petitioner could not seek a stay on the state legislation through a PIL.

also argued that most of the pending petitions in the high court opposed the quota on the basis of the 2014 Act that provided for reservation to those belonging to socially backward communities in the state.

But, the 2014 Act now stood repealed and the had recently ratified the new Maratha Reservation Act to cover the issue of quota for the community.

"The new legislation takes care of all legal grievances that existed in the 2014 Act," told the HC.

At this, the bench decided to tag together all the pending petitions on the issue of Maratha reservation and hear them together on the next date.

Governor C Vidyasagar Rao had last week approved and signed the Maratha Reservation Bill after the state Assembly unanimously passed it.

The had last month submitted a report to the government recommending reservation in government jobs and educational institutes to members of the Maratha community.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:40 IST