Bombay High Court endorsed legality of Maratha Quota as government has completed all legal procedures: Fadnavis

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Mumbai, June 27, 2019 : The State Government has enacted the Social and Educational Backward categories (SEBC) reservation Act by completing all the legal procedures. This act is endorsed by the High Court today giving justice to the Maratha community. Because the state government took all the care to follow and adhere to all the legal procedures, this historical decision stood the taste of the High Court, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis while giving information about the verdict on reservation in the Legislative Assembly today.

The High Court today delivered its verdict on pleas related to Maratha quota. Chief Minister Fadanvis gave the information regarding this verdict in the state Legislative Assembly today through a statement. He said the High Court has mentioned some important points while upholding the legality of this act. The High Court has specified that the legislative Assembly has the authority to make law about reservations.

The State Government had submitted details of educational and social backwardness of Maratha community and in accordance with that the Backward Class Commission had recommended reservation. These details have been accepted by the High Court and on the basis of this the Court said that Maratha community is included in SEBC. In extraordinary and exceptional situations, reservation crossing the 50m percent limit can be granted the High Court mentioned and clarified in its verdict that in this case such an extraordinary and exceptional situation existed.

Instead of proposed 16 percent quota in the act, the State Backward Class Commission should give 12 percent quota to SEBC category in education and 13 percent in jobs, the High Court has mentioned in the verdict.

Most important is that the High Court has rejected the demand for stay on the implementation of quota till moving the Supreme Court against today’s High Court verdict, Chief Minister Fadanvis told the House. Fadanvis expressed special satisfaction for providing this reservation without even slightly disturbing the OBC reservation quota.

This act was passed by both the houses of the legislature unanimously. The State Backward Class Commission has submitted its report in the shortest of time. Giving reservation was made possible because of their speed. A strong team of lawyers along with the Attorney General was helping the government on this reservation issue.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) set up under the leadership of Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil to consider issues related to reservation also took fast decisions. The Chief Minister thanked all of them. He also extended his thanks to Coordinators of Maratha Kranti Morcha, office bearers and activists of various organizations, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, who properly explained the government stand before the Morcha and members of the ruling and opposition parties for their help in materializing this Act.