Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Karnataka’s Move Scrapping Muslim Quota
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today approved the listing of a petition challenging the Karnataka government’s decision to cancel the 4 percent reservation for Muslims in Karnataka.
A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justices PS Narasimha and JP Parthiwala took note of senior advocate Kapil Sibal’s submission that all defects in the petition have been removed.
“I mentioned this (petition) yesterday in court three. It is against the cancellation of four per cent reservation,” Mr Sibal said.
“But the defects (in the petition) are not cured,” the Chief Justice of India said.
Senior counsel said that all the defects have been cured.
“Well, we will list it,” the bench said.
Recently, the state government led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bummy decided to scrap the four percent reservation for Muslims.
The Karnataka government announced two new categories for reservation in jobs and education and scrapped the four percent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Muslims.
The four percent OBC Muslim reservation is divided between Vokkalikas and Lingayats. Muslims eligible for quota are now classified under Economically Backward Classes.
The state government’s decision has raised the reservation limit to 57 percent.