Minister contends HC`s quash of Muslim quota, to appeal in SC
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Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2010, 17:25
Guntur (AP): Andhra Pradesh School Education Minister D Manikya Vara Prasad today expressed his dissatisfaction over today's state High Court's judgement that quashes four per cent reservation to Muslims in education and government jobs.

Vara Prasad, who impleaded himself as a respondent in the matter of reservation to Muslims, told reporters here that he will now appeal to the Supreme Court.

Vara Prasad, a post-graduate in law, who personally argued the case and filed a written arguments before the state High Court, contended that the reservation was based on the backwardness of Muslims as recommended by Ranganath Mishra Commission report. Similar reservations prevail in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, he added.

The Minister pointed out that conflicts between the higher judiciary and government on social welfare measures are common.

The Minister agreed that the Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion but added that the Muslim reservation was based on social and economic backwardness.

MLC R Srinivas was present along with the Minister.


First Published: Monday, February 08, 2010, 17:25

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