prabhat khabar epaper 08/10/2016

Defending its decision to grant quota to Jats and five other communities under the backward classes (C) category , the Haryana government on Friday argued that the Punjab and Haryana high court couldn’t decide on the validity of the decision because such powers could be exercised by courts only in exceptional circumstances.

The state government argued that though Supreme Court had set aside the Union government’s notification providing other backward classes (OBC) quota to Jat community , it was not related to reservation under the state’s quota.

Haryana made these submissions in response to a petition challenging the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, under which the six communities have been granted reservation.

The petition has raised certain issues regarding the decision, including absence of qu antified data with the state before granting reservation and the Supreme Court’s rejection of K C Gupta Commission’s report, which had recommended quota for Jats.

Responding to these contentions, Haryana government counsel and senior advocate Jagdeep Dhankar argued that the main issue was whether the court could exercise its powers on the validity of the Act through which reservation was provided

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