Maharashtra To Write To Other States To Club Their Reservation Cases With the Maratha Quota Petition

After seeking intervention by the Centre in the ongoing hearing in the present case regarding the Maratha Reservation in the Supreme Court, the Maharashtra Government is pondering upon the idea of approaching other states to club all the petitions regarding reservations for a collective decision.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray is expected to write a letter to other states, those which are facing a legal battle regarding the issue of reservations, in order to join hands with the ongoing Maratha Reservation with an expectation for early redressal.

A meeting was convened on Monday by the Maharashtra Government, with the Senior counsel who is representing the defendants including the Maratha community organizations in order to chalk out a strategy before the next hearing of the present case in the Supreme Court which is scheduled on January 25’ 2021.

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The said meeting was held at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi where the senior counsels discussed the role of the Central Government about reservation cases from various states.

Public Works Department minister Ashok Chavan said that

“Besides the Central government if the states whose reservation cases are pending in the Apex court should demand to club these cases for collective hearing. It will expedite the legal process,”

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He also mentioned that the government has already decided on writing a letter to the Prime Minister for intervention in the present case.

The Legal experts who were a part of the meeting which was held on Monday said that the Central Government’s intervention will help in resolving contentious issues related to the 50% cap on reservations, State Government’s authority to award reservations in exceptional and extraordinary circumstances. The experts also suggested to the Maharashtra Government that in the wake of the 102nd Amendment of the Constitution, state rights have come under doubt and that the inclusion of the reservation in the 9th schedule too needs to be discussed.

“We had a detailed discussion on various aspects including the provisions in articles 15 and 16, provisions of schedule 9 of the Constitution, the constitutional validity of the reservation and effect of the reservation given to economically weaker sections. We will chalk out a procedural and substantive strategy within a week for the hearing in the Apex court,” said Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior counsel.


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