Maratha Quota: On Thursday, the Bombay High Court dismissed a petition filed by a group of medical aspirants challenging the constitutional validity of a new amendment for the SEWC Acts. As per this act, 12 percent reservation is provided for the Maratha Community in the state for this year’s MBBS Admissions.
As per reports, the petition was dismissed by the division bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Gautam Patel following reasons which were recorded separately. The petitions which were filed by four undergraduate medical students through a Pan India Legal earlier this week challenges the constitutional validity of the amendment of the SEBC Act which was notified on June 25 which reserved seats for the undergraduate medical and dental admissions for the academic year 2019-20.
The students, according to the media houses, who filed the petition state that the new amendment is taking away the fundamental rights and also prohibits other candidates from approaching the judiciary for any kind of amends against the admission process.
The Nagpur bench of the High Court in May said earlier that 16 percent reservations will be given to the students from the Maratha community but this will not be applicable for the postgraduate medical admissions this year. This decision was however later upheld by the Supreme Court.
After this on May 20 the governor C Vidyasagar Rao declared a decree which approved 16 percent reservation for the Maratha community for various government jobs and admissions to various educational institutions. This has a contemplative effect on the medical admissions after which the decree was further made into an act and notified on June 25, 2019.
Senior Counsel V A Thorat, during Thursday’s hearing for the state government opposed the petition filed by the students and argues that the dispute over giving reservations is for the current year. He also added that the act, however, will be applied in the future as well.
The Supreme Court, on the other hand, is likely to hear a special leave petition on Friday against the order of the Bombay High Court which upholds the Maharashtra State Reservation for admissions in educational institutions and appointment in public service and posts under the SEBC Act.