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Supreme Court Quashes Maharashtra Maratha Quota

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court trashed the Maharashtra law granting reservation in jobs and admissions to Maratha community on Wednesday. The apex court said that it did not find any exceptional circumstance to justify exceeding the 50 per cent cap set by Indra Sawhney’s judgement.

Justice Ashok Bhushan-headed five-judge Constitution Bench allowed no breach of 50 per cent ceiling to give more reservation, as it refused to consider reviewing Indra Sawhney verdict of 1992.

“Exceeding ceiling limit of 50 percent laid down by Indra Sawhney is violative of Articles 14 and 15,” the top court was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. According to the top court, the people from the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward.

The bench also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat delivered the unanimous judgment.

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