SC dismisses plea onMaratha reservation

NEW DELHI (TIP): The Supreme Court on December 18declined to interfere with a Bombay High Court orderwhich stayed the Maharashtra government’s decisionproviding 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in jobs andeducational institutions.A bench presided over by Chief Justice H L Dattupointed out that it was just an interim order passed by thehigh court which would be taking up the matter forfurther consideration on January 5.“What is questioned here is only an interim order. Wedecline to entertain the special leave petition. We directthe high court to dispose of the matter expeditiously,” thebench said. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi contendedbefore the court that an extraordinary case of stay wasmade out in the instant case as the high court, through aninterim measure, passed a detailed order against the moveinitiated for the welfare of the people of the state. “This isa sensitive issue as the people vying for jobs andadmission are denied the benefit,” he pleaded.The court, however, refused to entertain the plea sayingwhat may be going into the mind of the judges at the highcourt could be known only in the final judgment.

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