The Supreme Court on 1 April 2014 directed the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to furnish records related to the inclusion of Jats in Other Backward Class (OBC) category. The Ministry in its 4 March 2014 notification included Jats in the OBC category in 9 States.
The direction was issued by a three-judge Bench of SC headed by Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam. The other two judges were Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V. Ramanawants.
The direction was given against the backdrop of a writ petition filed by OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti, Ram Singh. In the writ petition it was argued that since the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) had rejected inclusion of Jats in the OBC list, therefore the 4 March notification needs to be quashed.
The Statutory body, NCBC on 26 February 2014 had rejected the proposal of inclusion of Jats in OBC list. This decision was arrived after a detailed survey and hearing views of all concerned stakeholders.
Experts said that the recommendations of the commission were binding on the government as per the Indra Sawney Judgement (Mandal Case). But the Government went ahead and permitted inclusion of Jats in OBC list of seven states.
The 9 states which were permitted to include Jats in OBC list are Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan (two districts of Bharatpur and Dholpur), Delhi, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
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Who: Supreme Court
When: 1 April 2014