The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the implementation of 27 per cent quota for OBCs in Delhi University and the Pune-based Symbiosis International University. Symbiosis, a deemed university, had voluntarily decided to implement the OBC reservation from this academic year while Delhi University had instructed students applying for admission to its bachelor courses to indicate if they belonged to OBC category.
A bench headed by Justice BN Agrawal also issued notices to the two universities, Centre, All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission. It asked them to respond to the petition filed by Ankit Kumar and Shashank Shekhar of the Youth for Equality.
The petitioners said the two universities' move to implement the OBC quota was illegal in view of the court's March 29 order staying the implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 envisaging 27 per cent OBC quota.
Hours before the order on Monday, the Centre moved an application requesting the court to vacate the March 29 stay on the Act's implementation. A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan -- which will on Tuesday hear a batch of petitions challenging the 93rd Amendment and the law providing the OBC quota -- agreed to Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium's request to take up the Centre's plea with the main case.