OBC quota should not exceed 14% in MPPSC 2019 exams: Madhya Pradesh HC orders State Govt
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the state government and the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) to ensure that reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) should not exceed 14% in MPPSC 2019 exam.
The principal bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered to restrain the state Public Service Commission from giving a 27percent reservation quota to the OBC in the civil services exams.
The Court has also issued notices to the commission and general administration department (GAD) in response to a petition challenging MPPSC’s decision to give 27 percent reservation to OBCs while deciding the results of the civil services main examination 2019.
Petitioner Niharika Tiwari, a resident of Betul district in the state, is a candidate in the same exam, whose results were declared on December 31, 2021. In declaring the list of candidates eligible for interview, MPPSC had given 27 percent reservation to OBCs as per a notification issued by the GAD on August 14, 2021. MPPSC released the Police recruitment 2019 result on December 31, 2019.
As per a PTI report, a bench of Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice M S Bhatti passed the order. The next hearing on this plea is scheduled for February 21.
As per the Supreme Court’s judgment, the caste-based reservation is capped at a maximum 50 percent, and MPPSC’s decision to give 27 percent OBC quota along with SC, ST reservation raises the total reservation to 63 percent, which is the violation of SC’s judgment.
As per a report, Advocate Aditya Sanghi appearing for the petitioner stated that a constitution bench of the Supreme Court in its landmark judgment in the Indra Sawheny case had capped caste-based reservation at a maximum of 50 percent, which is breached if the OBC quota is hiked to 27 percent. On the basis of the Constitution bench order, the SC recently struck down reservation given to the Maratha community, he said.
Following the plea, the MP High court passed an interim order and put a stay on 27 percent OBC reservation in MPPSC.
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