VELLORE:The Arunthathi Makkal Katchi (AMK) has urged the State government to move the Supreme Court and defend the three per cent sub-quota reservation allocated to the Arunthathiyar community.
Valasai Ravichandran, founder president of the party, said that his party would also implead in the case. Tracing the history of what led to the enactment of the law that favoured reservation for the community, Ravichandran said that repeated petitions forced the Tamil Nadu government to allocate a sub-quota to the community in 2009 under the Tamil Nadu Arunthathiyar Act. Other castes namely Chakkiliar, Madhari, Madhika, Pagadai, Adi Andhra and Thotti were brought under ‘Arunthathiyars’ to avail the three per cent sub-quota under the 18 per cent quota meant for the SC/ST communities.
Meanwhile, in 2010, similar sub-quota was allocated to the Arunthathiyar community by the Punjab and Haryana government, which was struck down by the High Court, Ravichandran said.
The two States then moved the Supreme Court over the matter. At the same time, the Tamil Nadu GO too was challenged in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. Ravichandran said that his party had impleaded in the case then. While disposing of the petition, the Court observed that it cannot take up the case for hearing as the issue was pending in the Apex Court. Later, in 2012 and 2014, two petitions were filed in the Madras HC — one by Dr Krishnasamy, president of the Puthiya Thamizhagam Party — against the Act. Again Ravichandran sought the Court’s permission to implead in the two cases. Here too, the court asked the concerned parties to transfer their petitions to the Supreme Court.
In the light of these developments, Ravichandran called upon the State to appeal in the Supreme Court, following the footsteps of Punjab and Haryana.