Petition filed in Bombay HC challenging Maratha reservation

The two advocates filed a petition which demands the cancellation of the reservation provided to Maratha community

Petition filed in Bombay HC challenging Maratha reservation

Maharashtra Assembly on November 29 passed the Maratha reservation bill in both the houses granting 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community and implemented the same on December 1 after Governor Vidyasagar Rao signed the bill. 

However, the reservation quota in the state exceeded the given 52 per cent as per the Supreme Court’s order. Challenging the same, Advocates Jayshree Patil and Gunaratan Sadavarte on Monday filed a petition in Bombay High Court.

While talking to Mumbai Live, Advocate Sadavarte informed that the 16 per cent reservation granted to Maratha community by the state government exceeds the 52 per cent bar and violates SC’s decision. He further said that this decision cheats the Maratha community and the petition filed demands the cancellation of the same. 

Earlier, after the Maratha reservation bill became an ‘Act’, Maratha Kranti Morcha coordinator Vinod Patil filed a caveat in Bombay HC which will allow him to defend the same if there’s a petition challenging the reservation provided. Moreover, the Maharashtra government has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court. This also means that the court cannot put a stay order on the reservation provided unless hearing the government’s side. 

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Advocate Sadavarte informed that earlier in 2017, the Supreme Court in its order clearly stated that the reservation quota should not exceed beyond 50 per cent. However, the 16 per cent reservation granted to the Maratha community invites contempt of court and the reservation should be cancelled quickly. The petition is going to be heard soon. 

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