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Supreme Court Reserves Verdict on Whether to Refer to Constitution Bench Pleas against 10% EWS Quota

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Last Updated: July 31, 2019, 16:41 IST

File photo of the Supreme Court.

File photo of the Supreme Court.

The court is hearing a batch of pleas challenging the validity of the Act on the ground that economic criteria cannot be the sole basis for granting reservation.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on whether to refer to a Constitution bench a batch of pleas challenging the Centre's decision to grant 10% reservation in jobs and education to economically weaker section (EWS).

Attorney General KK Venugopal told a bench headed by Justice Bobde that the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, granting 10% reservation to EWS is intended to uplift around 200 million people who are still below the poverty line.

The bench, also comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai, was hearing a batch of pleas challenging the validity of the Act on the ground that economic criteria cannot be the sole basis for granting reservation.
first published:July 31, 2019, 16:41 IST
last updated:July 31, 2019, 16:41 IST