Supreme Court quashes Maharashtra law granting reservation to Maratha community

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NEW DELHI: The

Supreme Court

on Wednesday quashed the

Maharashtra

law granting

reservation

to

Maratha community

in admissions and government jobs in the state.
The court said that people from

Maratha

community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward.
A five judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat were unanimous on not to re-consider 50 per cent cap on reservation and unconstitutionality of

Maratha reservation

.
The bench, however, disagreed on the validity of 102nd constitutional amendment.
Refusing to re-examine it's 1992 verdict for capping reservation at 50 per cent, the court said there was no valid ground to breach 50 per cent reservation while granting Maratha reservation.
SC held that Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which extends reservation to the Maratha community in public education and employment is unconstitutional.

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