The Supreme Court has termed the reservation of Maratha community in Maharashtra in government jobs and educational institutions as unconstitutional. This reservation was given on the basis of economic and social backwardness. The court, in its judgment on Wednesday, said that a decision that limits the 50% reservation need not be reconsidered. Maratha reservation violates the 50% limit.
At the same time, the Supreme Court said that the admissions done earlier in PG medical course will continue. All previous appointments will also not be tampered with. The decision will not affect them. The constitution bench of five judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice S Abdul Nazir, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice S Ravindra Bhat ruled.
In 2018, the then Maharashtra government gave Maratha class 16% reservation in government jobs and higher education. Behind this, the report of Maharashtra Backward Classes Commission headed by Justice NG Gaikwad was made the basis. The Maratha reservation, which was set aside from the 27% reservation given to the OBC castes, violated the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the reservation limit to a maximum of 50%.