In a major verdict, the Supreme Court today held that a member of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe community cannot claim the benefit of reservation in government employment in other states.
This will be applicable if the person’s caste is not notified in that state, it was said.
The verdict was by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi unanimously.
The bench held that a person belonging to Scheduled Caste in one state cannot be deemed to be a Scheduled Caste in other states where the person may have migrated for the purpose of employment or education.
The bench also comprised Justices N V Ramana, R Banumathi, M Shantanagoudar and Justice S A Nazeer.
The bench with a majority of 4:1 held that as far as Delhi is concerned, the central reservation policy regarding SC/ST would be applicable in the city.
The verdict came on a batch of petitions that had raised the issue whether a SC/ST in one state can seek reservation in another state where his caste is not notified as SC/ST.>