The Supreme Court struck down the Maharashtra State Government’s decision to exceed 50% reservation to the Maratha community in state education and jobs. The verdict was given by the five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.
Justice Bhushan, reading out the judgment said, “We do not find any reason in revisiting Indira Sawhney’s judgement”. “There is no valid ground to breach 50% reservation while granting Maratha reservation.”
The Apex court made it clear that people of the Maratha Community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category.
“With respect to Article 342-A, we have upheld the Constitutional Amendment and it does not violate any Constitutional provision and therefore, we have dismissed the writ petition challenging the Maratha Reservation.”Justice Ashok Bhushan