The Bombay High Court on June 27, 2019, had said the 50 per cent cap on total reservations imposed by the Supreme Court could be exceeded in exceptional circumstances.
The top court is presently hearing matters through video-conferencing since March last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely to resume physical hearing in a hybrid manner soon.
In a video message, he said the Centre, while keeping its stand in the apex court, had a 'great chance to take positive steps and support Maratha reservation'.
Besides capping overall reservations, the Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney vs Union of India also laid down that economic backwardness alone can not be a criterion for quota.
The BJP and organisations of Marathas have been accusing the Sena-led government of "not doing enough" for Marathas.
The court order was passed on December 18 and a copy of it was made available on Monday.
Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Rajeev Satav of the Congress said the Supreme Court has referred the issue of quotas for Marathas in jobs and education to a larger bench.
The Supreme Court had on Wednesday rejected reservation for the community.
SC stays implementation of 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation to Marathas in education & jobs
A 3-judge bench referred to a larger consitution bench the batch of pleas questioning the validity of the law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs.
The announcement came after Fadnavis held a meeting with BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane and his MLA son Nitesh Rane, along with some leaders of the Maratha community who are pro-reservation.
Political observers give the credit for this meteoric rise of the BJP to the Maratha route marches.
Munde, who is the Rural Development Minister, in a veiled swipe at Fadnavis over the Maratha reservation issue, had recently said that she would not have delayed the decision if she was in-charge.
The agitation turned violent on Wednesday as Maratha outfits called for a bandh in Mumbai and surrounding areas.
Congressman Bharat Bhalke and NCP's Dattatray Vithoba Bharne submitted their resignations to the Vidhan Sabha speaker on Thursday night.
Protests were held at 45 places in the city, and in some places the civic-run BEST buses were stoned, roads were blockaded and public property was damaged, police said.