SC to hear petition on Andhra reservation for Muslims on Sep 24

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New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) The Supreme Court will hear on September 24 a petition challenging the ordinance issued by Andhra Pradesh government providing four per cent reservation in government jobs to educationally and socially backward class Muslims.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran fixed the date when senior counsel Arun Jaitley, mentioned the petition filed by T Muralidhar Rao and another, challenging the state High Court order dated July 24 and August 29. The Court order had directed that the admissions made herein after in terms of the impugned ordinance shall be subject to outcome of the writ petition, and again deferred the hearing of the matter at the request of the state government to await the outcome of the petitions pending in the apex court against government notification providing 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in centrally run educational institutions for higher studies.

Mr Jaitley, seeking urgent hearing of the petition for obtaining interim stay against the High Court order contended that 99 per cent of population of Muslims was covered by the impugned ordinance and the government had provided reservation on the basis of religion which violates Article 14 of the Constitution and also amounts to deliberate disobedience of the apex court judgement in the Mandal Commission case.

The Supreme Court will decide on September 24 whether to stay the operation of impugned ordinance till the final disposal of this petition or not.

UNI

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