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Why quota, SC asks govt

THE SUPREME Court stepped in on Monday to determine the constitutionality of the government's move to reserve 27 per cent seats for OBCs in central educational institutions. It, however, refused to stay the Centre's quota proposal.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 14:18 IST

Medicos told to end stir

THE SUPREME Court stepped in on Monday to determine the constitutionality of the government's move to reserve 27 per cent seats for OBCs in central educational institutions. It, however, refused to stay the Centre's quota proposal.

The court also asked the agitating students to call off the stir as it was examining the issue.

A two-judge bench, comprising justices Arijit Pasayat and Lokeshwar Singh Panta, asked the government to explain, among other things, the criteria followed to determine the OBCs, whether there was any rationale behind the classification and the modalities that would be followed in implementing the quota regime.

The bench said it would later examine the contention that the government's move could divide the society along caste lines.
The court's notices to the government and some central ministries came on two PILs -- filed by management expert Shiv Khera and lawyer Ashok Kumar Thakur.

Khera's petition challenged the legality of the 93rd Amendment Act, which allows reservation for OBCs, while Thakur said the last caste-based census was done in 1931 and that there were no data which warrant a 27 per cent reservation for OBCs.

The court gave the government eight weeks to file its reply. Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramanium accepted the notices for the government.