The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday has struck down the reservation for Maratha community in education/ jobs exceeding 50%.
A five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and Ravindra Bhat while pronouncing the judgment said that there was no valid ground to breach 50% reservation while granting Maratha reservation.
Justice Bhushan, reading out the judgment said, we do not find any reason in revisiting Indira Sawhney judgment. Justice Bhushan said that with respect to Article 342-A, we have upheld the Constitutional Amendment and it does not violate any Constitutional provision and therefore, we have dismissed the writ petition challenging the Maratha Reservation.
SC also made it clear in its judgement that people from the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category
Sambhaji Raje has reacted on the decision of Maratha reservation and appealed to Maratha community to exercise restraint due to coronavirus. He appealed to the community to think of the pandemic situation and tld them to be safe during this period. I have seen these things beyond politics. Corrected the mistakes of the previous government. Also rectified mistakes of the present government. All governments worked for the Maratha community. The Supreme Court treated Maharashtra differently. I have been fighting since 2007 to bring the Maratha community in the Bahujan Samaj. The current situation is to pay attention towards surging covid cases. Our job is to keep trying. We conveyed our voice to the Center and the state, 50 per cent reservation is given in other states, which needs to be studied now. Sambhaji Raje also said that both the governments and the opposition parties should sit together and discuss this.