UP: Petition filed challenging minorities quota

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".