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No Supreme Court relief for Gujjars applicants caught up in job row

Rajasthan high court in December had struck down a law providing education and job quotas to pastoral community Gujjars among other groups.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2017 10:55 IST
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New Delhi, India – July 18, 2013 – Supreme court in New Delhi on Thursday, 18 July 2013. Photo by Mohd Zakir / Hindustan Times

The Supreme Court refused to protect those who were selected but not appointed under the quota law that gave 5% reservation to Gujjars in Rajasthan.

The top court said such an order would affect the chances of general category applicants, who became eligible after the quota law was struck down by the state high court.

“We do not want to create a situation where a candidate who got selected on the basis of his or her merit loses the chance,” a bench headed by justice J Chelameswar told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi — appearing for Rajasthan — who supported the petitioners before SC.

“I am caught in the crossfire. There is no doubt that they were fully selected. If this court has protected those who got job under the quota law, then even they should get some relief,” Rohatgi argued.

The applicants had argued that although their selection was final under the special law, they were not appointed due to procedural delays.

Around 1,100 posts were meant for such candidates.

On the suggestion of one of the petitioners, Rohatgi told the court that he would ask the state to consider having 1,100 more posts to accommodate the applicants. He sought two weeks to revert on the proposal.

First Published: Apr 18, 2017 01:07 IST