A bill providing reservation to five communities including the dominant Jats in Haryana was challenged in court on Wednesday, with the petitioner saying the ML Khattar government’s decision was “arbitrary and malafide”.
The Punjab and Haryana high court is likely to take up the petition, filed by a Jind resident, either on Thursday or Friday.
On Tuesday, the Haryana assembly cleared the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016, which aims to bring six castes -- Jats, Jat Sikhs, Bishnois, Rors, Tyagis and Muslim or Mulla Jats – within the newly-created backward class (C) category and provide 10% reservation in class 3 and 4 posts and 6% in class 1 and 2 posts.
The government’s decision came in the wake of a violent agitation by the community -- that constitutes 26% of the state’s 2.64-crore population -- leaving at least 30 people dead and more than 320 injured in February. Besides, property worth crores of rupees was damaged in arson during the agitation that left the state paralysed for nearly two weeks.
Petitioner Shakti Singh said the government acted under pressure of a particular caste and the bill was introduced without any survey, committee or commission report on the issue.
The petitioner sought a direction to quash the bill and stay further proceedings during the pendency of the petition.
The petitioner cited a Supreme Court ruling that barred reservation beyond 50 percent. But the bill passed by the Haryana assembly will take reservation in the state upto 70 percent, the petitioner said.