The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday stayed the Haryana government’s decision of giving 10% quota to economically backward persons (EBP) in the admission to state medical colleges.
The high court bench of justice Rajesh Bindal and justice Darshan Singh said that no admissions on the basis of notification/instructions issued for providing reservation to EBP in general category would be made for the session in question and in future.
“Even the candidates who have already been admitted on the basis of reservation for EBP in general category in pursuance to the order passed by this court on 8.9.2016 will not be entitled to the benefit thereof, as even the process of admission is still in progress and classes have not yet commenced” the HC bench recorded in the order permitting the Pt. BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, to carry out fresh counselling, if required.
On September, 8 the high court had allowed the government to carry out admissions under EBP quota but had made it clear that it would be subject to outcome of the writ petitions pending in the high court.
It is immediately not clear whether the order would affect admissions done during the session in course such as engineering or other admissions in schools and colleges as the petitioner had challenged the notification by which the quota was given by state government.
The reservation was given by the previous Congress government in Haryana in 2013.
Appearing for the petitioners, lawyers Sumeet Goel and Neeraj Gupta had argued that 10% reservation being given by the state was in violation of 1992 judgment of Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney case, wherein a ceiling of 50% was put. They further contended that no reservation could be provided on the basis of the income criterion alone.
A total of 47 seats were reserved for EBP category for this academic session. There were around 600 MBBS seats in all government and government aided medical colleges.