The Supreme Court has been petitioned to review the judgment that upheld the Centre’s decision to grant 10% reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS).
A review petition has been filed by Dr Jaya Thakur against a recent judgment by the apex court, as reported by Live Law.
Earlier this month, the top court upheld by a 3-2 majority the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019, which introduces 10 percent reservations for EWS among the unreserved categories for admission and employment in government.
A majority view, as expressed by one of the Constitution Bench’s five judges, described reservation as an instrument intended to bring socially and educationally backward classes into society and bring any group or category so disadvantaged into the community.
As a result of their agreement that the amendment does not violate the Constitution’s basic structure, Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, Bela M Trivedi, and J B Pardiwala dissented, claiming the EWS quota is a contradiction to the essence of equal opportunity and violates the equality code at its core. Former Chief Justice U U Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat dissented.
As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “mission” to provide social justice for the poor, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party have hailed the Supreme Court judgment as a “victory.”