The Supreme Court, earlier today, struck down a law framed by the Maharashtra government in 2018 granting quota for marathas in government jobs and admission in educational institutions. While terming the statute as “unconstitutional”, the SC ruled that there was no need to re-examine its 1992 verdict capping quota at 50 per cent.
A five-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan concurred on three major issues, framed during the hearing, and said that no exceptional circumstances or the case was made out by Maharashtra to breach the 50 per cent cap on reservation.
The top court unanimously refused to refer the Mandal judgement to a larger bench for reconsideration on issues including permitting the state to breach the 50 per cent ceiling on quota in extraordinary circumstances.
The judgement came on a batch of pleas challenging the Bombay High Court verdict which had upheld the grant of reservation to Marathas in admissions and government jobs in the state, said the PTI reports.