Herald: SC refuses to stay 10% quota for poor in jobs, admissions

SC refuses to stay 10% quota for poor in jobs, admissions

09 Feb 2019 05:40am IST
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09 Feb 2019 05:40am IST

PTI, NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay the Centre's decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. The apex court, however, agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued the notice to the Centre on the plea filed by businessman and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawala. 

"At this stage, we are not inclined to pass any order," said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Poonawala, told the bench that his only grievance at this stage was that this quota should not breach the ceiling of 50 per cent as mandated by the apex court.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, had earlier issued notice to the Centre on similar petitions and on Friday ordered tagging of the fresh plea of Poonawalla with pending ones. 

Petitions have been filed by parties, including  'Janhit Abhiyan' and NGO 'Youth For Equality', challenging the Centre's decision.

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