New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said
the purport of the reservation for OBCs in central educational
institutions was to ensure that they get 27 percent "solid"
quota to enable them to "catch up" with candidates of general
category over a period of time.
"What is given (in the law) is 27 percent solid," a
bench comprising justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik said
about the law which had been upheld by a constitution bench of
the apex court on the issue of quota for OBCs.
The remarks were made by the bench which also raised
questions on various facets of the quota law and put a poser
to the contesting parties that "can we take that that those
OBCs qualifying under the open category will also be covered
within the 27 percent".
It said all these facets need to be dealt with as "the
purpose of the legislation is that sufficient number of them
(OBCs) take the benefit".
The court, which is hearing a petition pointing out
the confusion on the cut-off marks adopted by universities for
admission of OBC candidates, said "what we are worried about
is that cut-off has been used in a loose manner".
Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for former
Director of IIT, Chennai, P V Indiresan, submitted cut-off
marks for OBC candidates cannot be less than 10 percent of
the marks on which a candidate from general category is