Supreme Court sends notice to centre on 10 per cent quota for the economically weak

An apex court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna decided to examine the validity of the government's 10 per cent quota for the economically weak
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The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central government on various petitions challenging the validity of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, which paved the way for grant of quota to poor belonging to general category.

The centre has to get back to the Supreme Court within four weeks on the move that was introduced, passed in parliament and enacted in a matter of days.


An apex court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna decided to examine the validity of the government’s 10 per cent quota for the economically weak in jobs and education .

“We are examining the matter and hence issuing notice returnable within four weeks,” the bench said.

The bench, however, did not stay the operation of the Centre’s decision granting quota to the poor in the general category. A plea, challenging the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, has been filed by businessman Tehseen Poonawalla on Monday according to a report by The Economic times.. It has sought the quashing of the bill saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by “economic status alone”. 

The pleas said that the amendment violates the 9-bench Supreme Court’s 1992 verdict in Indira Sawhney case. The case, also known as Mandal case, said it was laid down that the overall reservation cannot exceed 50 per cent.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha cleared the Bill on January 8 and 9 respectively and it has also been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.