SC Rejects Plea on SC/STs in Promotion for Govt Jobs

Supreme Court, in its landmark verdict today, said that the state is not bound to provide reservation for SC/STs in promotion for government jobs. Rejecting a batch of pleas that had sought a review of the 2006 judgement on reservation in job promotions for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe employees, the apex court's five-judge bench refused to refer the MV Nagraj Vs Union of India case-2006 to a 7-judge bench. Justice R F Nariman pronounced the verdict.

Supreme Court, in its landmark verdict today, said that the state is not bound to provide reservation for SC/STs in promotion for government jobs.

Rejecting a batch of pleas that had sought a review of the 2006 judgement on reservation in job promotions for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe employees, the apex court’s five-judge bench refused to refer the MV Nagraj Vs Union of India case-2006 to a 7-judge bench.

The SC bench which ruled in the case included Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, S K Kaul and Indu Malhotra. The bench had earlier reserved the verdict in the case on August 30, 2018.​

The top court said there is no need to collect data on SC/ST in reservation in promotion in government services.

Earlier, the SC had asked the state to collect quantifiable data showing backwardness of the class, inadequate representation of that class in public employment in addition to compliance of Article 335 and to see that its reservation provision does not breach the ceiling-limit of 50% or obliterate the creamy layer or extend the reservation indefinitely.

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