On Monday, the Chief Justice of India upheld 10 per cent of quota law for the benefit of the economically weaker sections. Now 10 per cent seats of the people belonging to the economically weaker sections will be reserved in the admissions and government jobs.
Supreme Court upholds Quota law
The Supreme Court Justice Dinesh Maheswari said, “The EWS Quota law doesn’t violate basic structure or equality code for taking into account economic criterion.” He added, “It doesn’t also cause damage to essential feature by exceeding 50 per cent ceiling for quota since the ceiling is itself flexible.”
Justice Bela M Trivedi also affirmed the law. A five-judge bench was headed by the Chief Justice and comprising justices Dinesh Maheswari, S Ravindra Bhat, Bela M Trivedi and JB Pardiwala. The justices ruled on a clutch of legal issues surrounding the validity of the 103rd Constitution Amendment, providing for 10 per cent reservation for the weaker section of the society.
The Article 15(6) and 16(6) were introduced in the constitution with the 103rd Amendment Act providing 10 per cent reservation in jobs and admissions to EWS who were to be persons other than SC, ST and OBC whose annual family income was below Rs. 8 lakhs.