The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its interim order permitting Tamil Nadu to continue providing 69 per cent quota to reserved categories in government jobs and educational institutions. The order would remain operational for a year.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia, however, restrained Karnataka from exceeding the 50 per cent ceiling while reserving seats for the reserved categories.
Meanwhile, the court said both the governments would reconsider their respective laws after collecting fresh data on backward classes in the states.
It further directed the State Backward Class Commission of Tamil Nadu to revisit the issue of reservation after state government places all quantifiable data before it.
It noted that certain parameters laid down by the apex court in Mandal Commission judgement will have to be taken into account by the Commission if the government wanted to exceed the 50 per cent ceiling.
In Karnataka’s case, was restrained from exceeding the 50 per cent quota, the state was asked to re-examine its law based on fresh data, if it wanted to provide quota beyond ceiling.