New Delhi: The Supreme court on Friday sought response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging its decision to grant 10% reservation in jobs and admissions to general category economically weaker section (EWS).
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that there shall be no stay on the decision to grant quota to general category EWS.
The apex court, which had earlier issued a notice to the Centre on similar petitions, on Friday, ordered tagging of the fresh plea of Tehseen Poonawalla with pending ones.
Petitions have been filed by parties, including Janhit Abhiyan and NGO Youth For Equality, challenging the Centre’s decision.
The petition, filed by Youth For Equality through its president Kaushal Kant Mishra, has sought the quashing of the bill, saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation and that the bill violates basic feature of the Constitution, as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50% ceiling limit cannot be breached.
The fresh plea filed by businessman Poonawalla has sought to quash the bill, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by ‘economic status alone’.