The Bombay high court on Thursday gave the Maharashtra government a “last chance“ to file its affidavit to petitions challenging a decision to give benefits of reservations to the Maratha community .
A division bench of Justices Anoop Mohta and Girish Kulkarni pointed out that it had already given the goverments lots of time to place its stand before the court. The udges have now told the state o file its affidavit along with all details and statistics before December 7, when it will take up the matter for hearing.
Senior advocate V A Thorat, counsel for the government, informed the HC that while a basic affidavit was ready, the state wanted to submit data and statistics to justify its decision to grant reservations to the Maratha community .The advocate said that it was not a “political“ issue, but a “socio-economic“ one. Since no caste-based census is being conducted, it was difficult to include data on the community that comprises different castes.
Hindustan News 14/10/2016: http://epaper.livehindustan.com/