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No Extraordinary Situation Shown by Marathas To Go Beyond 50% Ceiling, Says SC

Maratha community which comprises 30% of the population in the State Maharashtra cannot be compared to marginalized sections of the society, the SC has said as it stayed the implementation of 2018 state law granting reservation to them in education and jobs.

The apex court said it is of the prima facie opinion that Maharashtra government did not show any extraordinary situation for providing reservations to Marathas in excess of 50% cap fixed by the apex court in its 1992 verdict also known as the ‘Mandal verdict’.

Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018, was enacted to grant reservation to Marathas community in jobs and admissions. The Bombay HC, while upholding the law, held that 16% reservation was not justifiable and said that quota should not exceed 12% in employment and 13% in admissions.

The court directed that the admissions to educational institutions for academic year 2020-21 shall be made without reference to the reservations provided in the Act and that the admissions made to Post- Graduate Medical courses shall not be altered.

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