Supreme Court refuses to stay Rajasthan government bill on OBC reservation

The apex court 'restrained' the state government from taking any action on the administrative side or in any manner conferring the reservation benefits resulting in crossing total reservation past 50%

Published: 16th November 2017 06:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2017 06:40 PM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court (File photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has refused to stay the Rajasthan government bill on reservation for the Other Backward Castes but said the authorities should ensure no decision was taken that could result in crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud set aside the November 9 order of the Rajasthan High Court by which it had stayed the OOBC Reservation Bill, 2017.

"In our considered opinion, the order passed by the high court staying the legislative process is totally uncalled for and, therefore, that part of the impugned order is stayed," the bench said.

It, however, "restrained" the state government from taking any action on the administrative side or in any manner conferring the benefit of reservation resulting in crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent .

"As we intend to remit the matter to the high court, the said direction shall remain in force till the writ petition is finally disposed of," it said in its order on Monday.

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