Minority quota: Centre submits documents in SC
A day after being rapped by the Supreme Court, the Centre on Tuesday submitted documents related to the 4.5% sub-quota for minorities.
New Delhi: A day after being rapped by the Supreme Court, the Centre on Tuesday submitted documents related to the 4.5% sub-quota for minorities within the 27% OBC reservation in central educational institutions like IITs.
While refusing to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order quashing 4.5% sub-quota, the SC had yesterday directed the Centre to produce documents to support its case for the quota.
The apex court had also ticked off the government for the way it has handled the "complex" and "sensitive" issue.
The SC expressed its "unhappiness" that the Centre was blaming the High Court when it had itself failed to produce documents to support its case.
A Bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and JS Khehar was critical of the Ministry of Human Resource Development rushing to the apex court with the appeal against the May 28 order of the High Court without documents to justify the policy of carving out 4.5% sub-quota within the 27% OBC reservation.
The bench had posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.
The bench said it cannot stay the HC order "unless the government produces material to show a detailed exercise was undertaken to carve out the sub-quota."
The Attorney General started submissions by taking "blame on his shoulders" for the outcome of sub-quota policy in the HC by saying that the "argument was not the most brilliant".
The A-G sought some protection in view of the ongoing counselling for IITs for which 325 candidates have qualified for it under the 4.5% sub-quota and their career and future could be jeopardised if they are not allowed to appear for the counselling.
(With PTI inputs)