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Supreme Court To Consider Listing Of Centre's 10% Validity Of Upper-Caste Quota Law

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| January 25 , 2019 , 18:30 IST

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on a challenge to the law granting 10% reservation for economically weaker sections in the general category on Friday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it will consider the matter and take an appropriate decision soon

Earlier, A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri passed an order, saying it will be appropriate to hear the Centre's review and write petitions against the SC/ST Act 2018 together.

The apex court was hearing two petitions challenging a constitution amendment bill granting 10% reservation to economically weaker sections in the general category.

Another petition challenging the legislation has been filed in the apex court by political activist Tehseen Poonawalla.

The petitions claim that the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had arbitrarily decided to amend the law and restored the earlier provisions in a manner wherein an innocent person cannot avail the right to anticipatory bail.

One of the petitions claimed that the structure of the act violates “basic principles of liberty and accountability” after the amendments.

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The quota will be over and above the existing 50 percent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Parliament on 9 August 2018 had passed the bill to overturn the apex court order relating to certain safeguards against arrest under the SC and ST law and it has also been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.