UP: Petition filed challenging minorities quota

A petition challenging the decision to carve out a 4.5 % sub-quota for minorities was on Friday filed in the Allahabad High Court.

Allahabad: A petition challenging the
Centre`s decision to carve out a 4.5 per cent sub-quota for
minorities within the 27 per cent reservation given to OBCs
was on Friday filed in the Allahabad High Court.

The writ petition filed by Allahabad-based social
organisation "Prahari" has sought quashing of the notification
dated 22.12.2011 whereby the Centre had made a provision for
the sub-quota, besides praying for direction restraining the
Union government to publish the same in the Gazette of India.

When the petition came up for hearing before a Division
Bench comprising Justice RK Agrawal and Justice Amit
Sthalekar, a preliminary objection was raised by the Centre
saying the writ petition was not maintainable since the
government`s decision did not affect the interests of the
social outfit, which has filed the litigation.

The petitioner`s counsel concurred and sought permission
from the court to file a fresh petition in the form of a
Public Interest Litigation.

The court granted the permission, saying "put up as a
fresh case on March 21, 2012, before the Bench dealing with
Public Interest Litigation matters".

PTI

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