AIIMS Hiring Quota Ball in Govt's Court
By Express News Service | Published: 17th January 2014 07:54 AM |
Avoiding making the first move on the controversial issue of reservation, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to take a call on providing quota in the appointment of faculty for speciality and super-speciality medical colleges, including the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
“We clarify that it is for the Central government to take a decision as to whether there should be reservation in speciality and super-speciality posts,” a five-judge bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said. The court’s observation came on the Centre’s review petition of a Constitution Bench judgment, which had said it could not take a view contrary to that expressed in 1992 by a nine-judge bench in the Indra Sawhney case—also known as Mandal case—that there could be no compromise with merit at the super-speciality stage.
“We have not added a word other than what has been said in the Indra Sawhney judgment,” the bench said, stating that it is for the Centre “to take a decision to amend the Constitution”.