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Punjab given four weeks time to file reply on PIL

Written by: Staff

Chandigarh, Feb 23 (UNI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court has given four weeks time to the Punjab government to take a final decision for implementing the decision of the Supreme Court disallowing reservation within reservations.

An order to this effect was given by the division bench of the Chief Justice D K Jain and Justice Surya Kant during the resumed hearing on the petition filed by Amar Singh Dhoor and others seeking directions against splitting the reservation for the scheduled castes and others by introducing classification in the specified caste or sub-caste. The petition was filed in the light of the Supreme Court decision of November 5, 2004 in the case of V Chinnaiah categorically ruling out reservation within reservations.

The bench gave four weeks time to the Punjab government in the light of the Punjab government reply of December 28,2005 to the petition wherein it had been stated that the status of its notification of May 5, 1975 (about the reservation within reservation) in view of the apex court judgement, is now under the consideration of the government, which has to take a policy decision in the matter.

It has further been stated that this exercise will involve some time as the repercussion of the decision will have far reaching consequences.

Describing the Punjab government response as delaying tactic, the counsel for the petitioner pointed out that it is only too clear to every citizens that the decisions given by the Supreme Court are accepted as the law of the land. The Punjab government continues to be evasive on the issue as was evident from the details of proposed recruitment for 63 posts in Punjab civil service(PCS),judicial and other posts advertised sometime back including 675 posts of police constables for India Reserve Battalion(IRB).

The matter would now come up for further hearing on April six.


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