Hyderabad: Union Law and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Monday expressed the hope that the Centre would get relief in the minority quota issue which is before a Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court.
"When the Constitutional bench takes it over, I am very hopeful that we will get some relief," he told reporters here.
Referring to Andhra Pradesh giving four per cent reservation to backward Muslims under its legislation, Khurshid said that as seven-judge bench had struck it down.
"After that it came to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court by an interim relief protected that reservation and now the matter is before a Constitutional bench.
"When we gave 4.5 per cent reservation to backward minorities, that came up in Andhra Pradesh and unfortunately we could not get the relief that we wanted.
"Now it is before the same Constitutional bench. Other High Courts are also hearing this matter. In due course, the Constitutional bench will examine it," he said.
Khurshid, however, felt that the Centre had a strong case as it included minorities as beneficiaries of quota who have been in the list of backward classes since the time of Mandal commission.
"The difference is Andhra Pradesh gave four per cent to Muslims who have been included in the backward list for the first time. What we did was to (give it to) minorities, including Muslims, who are in the backward list since the time of Mandal.
"That is the difference. I believe our case from the Centre was stronger than the case of Andhra Pradesh. But today, both of them are before the Constitutional bench," he said, adding "I am very hopeful that we will get some relief."
The Andhra Pradesh High Court had earlier struck down the sub-quota to minorities sought to be provided by the Centre within the existing 27 per cent reservations for OBCs.