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Supreme Court declines plea against Gujjar quota

A file photo of Gujjar community members during an agitation for reservation in Bharatpur district.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea challenging the grant of 5% quota to Gujjars and four other castes in jobs and educational institutions in Rajasthan through an amendment in February.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the appeal filed by Arvind Sharma against a Rajasthan High Court order refusing to grant interim relief on the petition challenging the quota to Gujjars and others, treating them as socially and economically backward classes.

It was argued that the reservation would breach the 50% ceiling on total quantum of quota.

“The plea for relief is already pending in High Court, therefore, we are not inclined to entertain it,” said the Bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.

The Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Assembly on February 13.

The Congress government passed the Bill amid protests led by Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla for reservation for community.

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