Bombay HC declares Maratha reservation valid; Objects to 16 per cent share

Earlier, Maharashtra Assembly had cleared the Maratha reservation bill providing 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community in education and government jobs under Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) category

  • Bombay HC declares Maratha reservation valid; Objects to 16 per cent share
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In its final hearing for all petitions related to Maratha reservation, Bombay High Court on Thursday, June 27, upheld the Maharashtra government’s decision to provide reservation to Maratha community in education and government jobs. However, the HC strikes down the 16 per cent reservation number saying that it is “not justifiable”. Bombay HC asked that the reservation number for Maratha community should be brought down to 12 per cent in education and 13 per cent in government job appointments.

The verdict was given by a division bench comprising Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre while hearing the petitions challenging the Maharashtra government’s decision to grant reservation to Maratha community. 

On November 30 last year, the Maharashtra legislative assembly passed the Maratha reservation bill providing 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community in education and government jobs under Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) category. 

After this, a petition challenging the same was filed in Bombay HC by Advocates Gunaratna Sadavarte and Jayshree Patil. After hearing all the petitions, the HC reserved its order on March 26, 2019. 

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The petitioners had earlier argued that the Marathas and Kunbis belong to the same caste and should be included in Other Backward Classes (OBCs). 

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