Madras HC dismisses plea against 20 per cent quota in government jobs for Tamil medium students

The court refused to entertain the plea by S Shalini, an employee of the Tamil Nadu Prisons Department.

Published: 14th June 2022 05:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2022 05:05 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court (File photo)

Madras High Court (File photo)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:  A division bench of the Madras High Court, on Monday, dismissed a petition challenging the 20 per cent preferential quota in State government jobs for candidates who have completed their school and graduation in Tamil medium.

The bench, consisting of justices T Raja and K Kumaresh Babu, refused to entertain the plea by S Shalini, an employee of the Tamil Nadu Prisons Department.

She questioned the amendment made to the Tamil Nadu Appointment on Preferential basis in the Services under the State of persons studied in Tamil Medium Act (PSTM Act), 2020 and prayed for staying the operation of the amendment.

Additional Advocate General (AAG) J Ravindran informed the court that a candidate would be qualified to avail of the quota only if he/she completed the entire school education and graduation in Tamil medium. He also pointed out that a similar petition filed before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court was already dismissed.

Shalini had also stated in her petition that when she tried to avail of the 20% quota when she applied for TNPSC Group-I service, she was asked to produce the certificates showing that she had completed the 10+2+3 education in Tamil medium under the amendment.

Being a resident of a border village in the Nilgiris, she had to study Classes 11 and 12 in English medium at a neighbouring Kerala School. Saying that there was no higher secondary school in the surroundings of her village, she rued that it deprived her of the quota.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp