Petitions challenging the constitutionality of Maratha reservation in education and government jobs in Maharashtra will be heard in the Supreme Court from 22 January next year. A bench of Chief Justice (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Suryakant has asked all the parties to complete their documents during this period.
On behalf of one of the parties opposing Maratha reservation, senior advocate Arvind Datar said that there was a need to hear the matter. This Maharashtra law violates the maximum limit of 50 percent prescribed by the Supreme Court for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. On this, the bench said, “We can submit it to the Constitution Bench only after being satisfied with the pleas of the petition.”
The Supreme Court had on 12 July decided to consider the constitutionality of the ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018’. Under this law, it has been decided to provide reservation to Maratha community in education and jobs in the state. However, the apex court refused to stay the Bombay High Court order upholding the law with some changes.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday warned the government in a strict tone to take a decision on the commission of women in the army soon. The apex court said that it can pass the order if it wants, but it is giving the government a chance to take credit for it. A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachur said that before March, 2019, the government should consider giving permanent commission to women officers recruited in the army under the Short Service Commission (SSC).