The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing of pleas against scrapping of 4 per cent Muslim quota in Karnataka after the state government sought time to file a reply in the case.
On Thursday, the apex court had told the Karnataka government that a reading of its order scrapping the quota for Muslims in the state “appears to suggest that prima facie…the foundation of its decision-making process is highly shaky and flawed”.
This was underlined by Justice K M Joseph heading a two-judge bench hearing a writ petition challenging the Government Order (GO) by L Ghulam Rasool and Anjuman-E-Islam. The state has asserted that the Constitution does not permit reservation on the basis of religion.
Justice B V Nagarathna, the other judge on the bench, said the state could have waited for the final report instead of issuing the GO on the basis of an interim report and sought to know the “great urgency”.
However, with the state as well as counsel appearing for some leaders of Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities opposing any stay and seeking a few days to reply, the bench declined to grant any interim relief sought by the petitioners.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
Fixing the matter for hearing on April 18, the court recorded the statement of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who appeared for the state that “no appointment or admission is going to be made until April 18 in pursuance of the GO”.