SC Refuses To Refer To Larger Bench Appeals Against Madras HC Order Quashing 10.5 Per Cent Vanniyar Quota

by PTI - Feb 16, 2022 02:27 PM +05:30 IST
SC Refuses To Refer To Larger Bench Appeals Against Madras HC Order Quashing 10.5 Per Cent Vanniyar QuotaThe Supreme Court of India. (@OnuorahMichael5/Twitter)

New Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to refer to a larger bench a batch of appeals against a Madras High Court order which quashed the 10.5 per cent reservation provided to Vanniyars, a Most Backward Community (MBC) in Tamil Nadu, in government jobs and admission to educational institutions.

A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai said it has perused the judgements submitted and was of the view that the issue does not need consideration by a larger bench.

'We are not inclined to the argument of referring the matter to a larger bench, you can start your arguments,' the bench said.

The apex court on Tuesday had said that it will decide the issue of referring the matter to larger bench first without going into the merits of the case.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Tamil Nadu, had on Tuesday submitted that the case involved constitutional issues and would require consideration by a larger bench.

The top court had earlier agreed to examine the pleas and said admissions or appointments already made under the said quota will not be disturbed.

The apex court had further directed that no fresh appointments to state government services or admissions to educational institutions should be made till February 15, the next date of hearing in the case.

The top court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by the state of Tamil Nadu, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and others challenging the November 1, 2021 judgement of the high court quashing the reservation provided to Vanniyars, saying it was unconstitutional.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly had in February passed the then ruling AIADMK-piloted bill providing internal reservation of 10.5 per cent for Vanniyars, with the incumbent DMK government issuing an order in July this year for its implementation.

It had split the aggregate 20 per cent reservation for MBCs and denotified communities into three separate categories by regrouping castes and provided a ten per cent plus sub-quota for Vanniyars, formerly known as Vanniakula Kshatriyas.

'Is the state government empowered to do internal reservation. The Constitution has given enough explanation. The legislation providing for internal reservation is cancelled,' the high court had said.

The high court had said the state government cannot come out with such a legislation. This had been explained in the Constitution.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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