Bombay High Court has refused to grant interim stay on the Maharashtra government’s new legislation providing 16 percent reservation to Maratha community. However, a bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M S Karnik has agreed to grant a detailed hearing on 10th December to all pending petitions on the issue.
On Wednesday, the court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Gunaratan Sadavarte opposing the Maharashtra government’s order. The PIL claimed the new law was in violation of the Supreme Court’s previous orders mandating that caste and community based reservation in states should not exceed 50 per cent.
The state’s counsel V A Thorat, however opposed the PIL saying that Maharashtra legislature had recently ratified the new Maratha Reservation Act; nullifying all the grievances as expressed in the said PIL. At this, the bench decided to tag together all the pending petitions on the issue of Maratha reservation and hear them together on the next date.