Supreme Court rejects Centre’s review against scrapping quota for Jats

Centre had moved the apex court on April 2 seeking a review of its verdict after Modi had met Jat community leaders and assured them of finding a solution within the legal framework.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2015 1:27 am
jats, jats reservation, jats quota, sc jats, india jats OBC, reservation for jats, india jats, supreme court jats, india news, latest news, jats OBC, india OBC list, OBCs in India A bench, headed by Justice Ranjana Gogoi, in the in-chamber proceedings, decided to reject the pleas filed by Jats’ bodies, saying that they lacked merit.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Centre’s petition, asking it to reconsider its verdict that had scrapped the March 2014 notification to include Jats in the central list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in nine states.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton F Nariman junked the review petition filed by the government against the March 17 verdict by the judges. The bench held there was no error apparent on the face of the record and the review plea was bereft of merit.

On Tuesday, the bench also rejected a separate plea by some Jat applicants, who cleared various stages of Probationary Officers recruitment exam under the reserved OBC category but were not given letters of appointment.

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The government had in April filed a review petition, days after a delegation of Jat leaders had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After a scrutiny by the senior officials of the ministries of Home, Law, Social Justice and Empowerment and Personnel, a decision was taken to move the court for seeking a review of the verdict.

The review petition claimed that the court could not have sat over the decision by the government to grant OBC status to Jats since it was taken under a constitutional authority. The government cited its powers under Articles 15 (4) and 16 (4) to make special provisions, including reservation in appointments for certain disadvantaged classes, and contended that it could not be denuded of its authority by an interpretation of the court.

“The Centre had a duty to take affirmative action under Article 16(4) of the Constitution to include Jats in the central OBC list and extend them reservation in educational institutions and jobs,” stated the petition.

It had added that the test laid down by the Supreme Court in its previous judgments for determination of social, educational and economic backwardness of Jats had been fully met and it was only after that a decision was taken to include Jats in the list of OBC communities.

On March 17, the bench has quashed the notification, and ruled that “caste” and “historical injustice” cannot blind a state in according backward status to a community and that new emerging groups such as transgenders must be identified for quota benefits. It was a poll-eve decision by the UPA-II government in March 2014 to include Jats in the central list of OBC.


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  1. D
    devender chauhan
    Feb 19, 2016 at 9:36 am
    agar jatt arksan mila to hamm bhi piche nahi hai 35 biradri
  2. A
    Feb 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm
    ..... is such a fool judge. he don't know how to take decision even after having knowledge of law.
  3. P
    Jul 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    Reservation is wrong, unconsutional itself, it breaches the right of the most talented. Well jats are most proud more than any other community, richer than other people, what basis? Gredd�??
  4. D
    Jul 22, 2015 at 5:02 am
    Reservation is and must be for poor of the poorest people in any cast and any religion in our country. But because of our some s, right person is not getting his right in society. Give reservation to those only who deserve for it. then only poverty can be removed in india. Do not play vote bank politics please.
  5. M
    M. Parthasarathi
    Jul 22, 2015 at 3:00 am
    The heading should be a simple "Supreme Court Re-affirms 'No Quota for Jats'."
  6. K
    kris kumar
    Jul 22, 2015 at 1:37 am
    Jats are not OBC and why reservation for nationalist and proud Jats. Off course there are some poor Jats too and they must get some help like many in OBC get.
  7. K
    Jul 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm
    There are many communities more socially ahead than the Jat who are availing quota benefits. Government is just taking away lands of jats and leaving their future in bleak, they lack proper opportunities to grow and make an impact in society like admission quota or age relaxation to central educational insutions, govt jobs. And in OBC quota only non creamy people(who are common disadvantaged lot) is getting benefit , so why so much of issues and harm in that. Are Jats being punished for being honest and working hard to feed millions by sticking to agriculture. Jats should stop supplies of agriculture output, water, and land to rest to make govt realize that they are not born to be mowed down.
  8. R
    Jul 22, 2015 at 1:36 am
    Marathas , Jats, Rajputs, Yadavs etc., cannot become vote banks only Muslims can become the Congress party's vote bank. Hence no reservations for Muslims, neither in jobs or in education!
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