Minister contends HC`s quash of Muslim quota, to appeal in SC

Last Updated: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 17:25

Guntur (AP): Andhra Pradesh School
Education Minister D Manikya Vara Prasad today expressed his
dissatisfaction over today`s state High Court`s judgement that
quashes four per cent reservation to Muslims in education and
government jobs.

Vara Prasad, who impleaded himself as a respondent in
the matter of reservation to Muslims, told reporters here that
he will now appeal to the Supreme Court.

Vara Prasad, a post-graduate in law, who personally
argued the case and filed a written arguments before the state
High Court, contended that the reservation was based on the
backwardness of Muslims as recommended by Ranganath Mishra
Commission report. Similar reservations prevail in Karnataka
and Tamil Nadu, he added.

The Minister pointed out that conflicts between the
higher judiciary and government on social welfare measures are
common.

The Minister agreed that the Constitution prohibits
discrimination on the basis of religion but added that the
Muslim reservation was based on social and economic
backwardness.

MLC R Srinivas was present along with the Minister.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 17:25

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