The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea challenging the grant of 5 per cent quota to Gujjars and four other castes in jobs and educational institutions in Rajasthan through a law amendment in February.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the appeal filed by Arvind Sharma against an order of the Rajasthan High Court refusing to grant an interim relief on the petition challenging the quota to Gujjars and others, treating them as socially and economically backward classes. It was argued that the reservation would breach the 50 per cent ceiling on total quantum of quota.
'The plea for relief is pending in high court, therefore, we are not inclined to entertain it,' said the bench, which also comprised of Mr. Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The Rajasthan Assembly had passed the state Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on February 13.
The Bill, passed by the newly formed Congress government, provides 5 per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutes to the Gujjars and four other communities — Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadarias. The Congress government had passed the bill amid protests led by Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla for reservation.