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After DMK, DK challenges 10 per cent quota in Madras HC

The bench had Monday posted to February 18 the DMK's petition challenging the quota for the general category poor after issuing a notice to the Centre.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: January 22, 2019 8:30:00 pm
After DMK, DK challenges 10 per cent quota in Madras HC A division bench, comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, tagged the PIL petition with that of the DMK and posted it for hearing on February 18. (Representational Image)

After the DMK, the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) has challenged the 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections in the Madras High Court which Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government.

A division bench, comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, tagged the PIL petition with that of the DMK and posted it for hearing on February 18.

The bench had Monday posted to February 18 the DMK’s petition challenging the quota for the general category poor after issuing a notice to the Centre.

Petitioner Kali Poongundran, vice president of DK, submitted that economic criteria alone cannot the basis for any amendment to the Constitution under Article 368 as the preamble has declared that justice refers to social justice, economic and political justice.

He contended that the Constitution amendment was made in a hurried manner without any discussion and had political undertones. Referring to exceptions provided in Article 15 of the Constitution, the petitioner said it only referred to socially and educationally backward classes and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.

He also said 69 per cent reservation was already in effect in Tamil Nadu and has protection under the ninth schedule of the Constitution. If the amendment was implemented, the quota would go up to 79 per cent, he said.

Equality as enumerated in the preamble of the Constitution was being thoroughly misused under the guise of uplift of the economically weaker sections by this impugned amendment, he claimed and sought to declare it as unconstitutional.

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