Supreme Court strikes down 16% reservation for Marathas, says quota exceeded 50%
The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs. The five-judge bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018 violates the right to equality.
The Maharashtra government had brought the SEBC Act in 2018 for providing 16 per cent quota to Marathas over and above 50 per cent reservation. Several challenged the constitutional validity in the apex court. All the five judges have unanimously delivered the verdict. However, the judgement will not affect admissions and jobs made till September 9, 2020.