The Supreme Court on Friday upheld an Allahabad High Court decision to quash the provisions in the Uttar Pradesh state services law allowing reservation and accelerated promotion to staffers from the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) category.
The much controversial provisions were brought in by the previous Mayawati regime.
A Bench of Justices Deepak Misra and K S Radhakrishnan said the provisions,introduced in the year 2007,was not based on any quantifiable data that justified reserved quota for the SC/ST communities during promotion within the state public services.
The two provisions are Section 3 (7) of the UP State Services Act,which dealt with reservation,and Rule 8A prescribing accelerated promotion for SC/ST.
In 2011,the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had quashed the legal provisions on a petition filed by general candidates,led by Brij Bhushan Sharma. Following this,the UP government had moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay of the High Court decision. The Akhilesh Yadav-led UP government has already ordered a rollback of the policy soon after it came to power,