The Supreme Court has begun hearings on the Maratha reservation cases. On Monday, the issue was heard and all states were notified, with the question of whether the reservation cap could be raised by more than 50%. This hearing has been rescheduled for March 15th. In today’s hearing, the Supreme Court also stated that the case will be heard daily beginning March 15. The Supreme Court stated that when it comes to reservations, all states must be heard.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said during today’s hearing that the case also included an interpretation of Article 342A, which would affect all states. As a result, all states should pay attention. This has also been the subject of a petition. Rohatgi said that no decision should be made in this matter without the participation of all states.
For a long time, the Maharashtra government has discussed granting Marathas reservation. Following that, in 2018, the state government passed legislation providing for a 16 percent reservation in education and jobs. After that, the case was taken to the High Court. In one of its judgments, the court decreased the cap. The case then went to the Supreme Court.
In an interim order dated September 9, the Supreme Court reported that during the years 2020-2021, Maratha reservation would not be available for admission to employment or educational institutions. The case has been referred to a wider bench for review by the three-judge panel. The court stated that the validity of the Maratha reservation will be considered by this bench. Following that, a panel of five judges will hear the case.