SC to hear Andhra Govt plea on Muslim quota on March 22
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:28
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear on March 22, the petition filed by Andhra Pradesh government challenging the verdict of the High Court striking down a state law providing four per cent reservation in educational institutions and jobs to the Muslim community.

A seven-judge Constitution bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court had by a majority judgement of 5:2 held that the law providing 4 per cent reservation to backward class Muslims in the state was "unsustainable" and violative of Article 14, 15(1) and 16 (2) of the Constitution.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati mentioned the appeal on behalf of Andhra Pradesh government before a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and sought an urgent hearing saying the issue is important and requires some arguments.

However, his submission was opposed by senior advocate Ravi Shankar Prasad who said there was no need for urgent hearing on the appeal as the state government has envisaged reservation for Muslims on religious basis.

Prasad, who is also a BJP spokesman, was appearing for some of the people on whose petition the High Court had passed the judgement holding the Andhra Pradesh Reservation in favour of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of Muslims Act, 2007 unsustainable.

On the other hand, Vahanvati said there was urgency in the matter as the High Court has struck down the entire law providing reservations for Muslims.

Counting this, Prasad said "religion based reservation has no place in the Constitution".


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:28

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