Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court has held
that there should not be any horizontal reservation in excess
to the prescribed quota of 50 per cent fixed for various
categories under the Consititution.
A division bench of the court struck down the excess
quota given to youths and women candidates in the Panchayat
The court passed this order while disposing a petition
filed by one Sita Ram Sharma challenging the Rajasthan
Panchayati Raj (second amendment) ordinance 2008 whereby the
reservation for women was increased from 33 per cent to 50 per
cent in the panchayat elections and persons in age group 21-35
years were given 75 per cent reservation.
The court has earlier issued a similar order in case
of municipal elections when a similar provision for
reservation to women and youth was challenged.