With the Jats renewing their quota stir, the Haryana government on Monday failed to get any relief from the Punjab and Haryana high court that refused to vacate the stay on the move to grant 10% reservation to Jats and five other communities.
“Heaven is not going to fall in a day, if stay is not vacated,” observed the vacation bench comprising justice Daya Chaudhary and justice Arun Palli as the government cited “urgency” and claimed that matter was of “larger public interest”.
Another bench of justice SS Saron and justice Gurmit Ram had also on June 2 refused to vacate the stay on the May 26 order of a division bench, whereby government notification was stayed.
The matter would come up for further arguments on June 13, but all parties have been asked to submit their written submissions by June 10.
The government didn’t make any mention of the volatile situation on the ground but argued that it was in the process of filling 40,000 vacancies and process was on for admission to graduate and post-graduate level courses for which over 20,000 candidates have applied under the backward classes category and if the stay was not vacated, it would adversely affect it.
“On June 2, the division bench (hearing the matter) had appreciated our anxiety and adjourned the matter for June 6, even as it initially wanted to post it for hearing on June 7. It is an ex-parte order and should be vacated. I am ready to address the arguments on the points raised by petitioner on Indira Sawhney case (50% sealing on reservation) and Ram Singh’s (whereby Gupta commission report was rejected )matter decided by the Supreme Court. But it should be heard today,” said senior advocate Jagdeep Dhankar while appearing for Haryana.
He was countered by petitioner’s counsel, Manoj Kumar Verma who said: “There is no urgency. The stay on implementation of the quota was already there since July last year.” Other counsels also stated that they were not ready with their arguments. Asking all counsels to file written statements by June 10, the HC posted the matter for June 13 stating that it would not grant adjournment on that date.