Monday, February 8, 2010

The Pioneer > Online Edition : >> High Court quashes muslims reservation in Andhra Pradesh

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    • Omer Farooq | Hyderabad
    • The third consecutive attempt of Andhra Pradesh Government to provide 4% reservations to the socially and economically backward classes of Muslims in the State too has failed.

      A seven member bench of Andhra Pradesh High Court headed by the Chief Justice A R Dave struck down the “Andhra Pradesh Reservation in Favor of socially and Educational Backward Classes of Muslims Act 2007” as unsustainable and unconstitutional and quashed the two GOs providing 4% reservations to 15 backward classes of Muslims in jobs and educational institutions. The judgment was supported by five judges while two disagreed with it.

      The much awaited judgment has not only came as a huge disappointment to the Muslim community in the state but also put a question mark on the future of thousands of students who had got admission in professional colleges including medical and engineering under the 4% quota since 2007. It has also left worried the employees who were recruited under the quota. The five judges who took the view against the Act include Chief Justice Dave, Justice T Minakumari, Justice J Raghuram, Justice A Gopal Reddy and Justice V Ishwaraiah.

      The state government has decided to file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court to secure a stay order against the High Court judgment and save the careers of the students. The Chief Minister K Rosaiah directed the Advocate General to initiate immediate steps to file the SLP in Supreme Court.

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