SC order on Jat quota to affect two Rajasthan districts

Published on:12 Aug, 2015


SC order on Jat quota to affect two Rajasthan districts

Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur will not get benefit of OBC reservation in state government jobs and educational institutes. Disposing of 16-year-old matter, the Rajasthan high court on Monday rejected reservation claim of Jats from Dholpur and Bharatpur. The decision, however, would not affect Jats in rest of the state as the high court has not touched OBC status of the community.

The division bench headed by Chief Justice Sunil Ambwani, however, has asked the OBC Commission to review all castes in the OBC category to ascertain which among them needs reservation. The commission has been asked to submit report in four months.

Attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi appeared on behalf of the state government defending Jat reservation while the community had also roped in many senior lawyers from the Supreme Court.

Earlier, the Supreme Court too had dismissed reservation in Central government jobs for the Jat of Bharatpur and Dholpur along with Jats from some other northern states while cancelling UPA government’s decision, which had granted reservation to the community through a Cabinet decision prior to the general elections.

The Jat community was awarded reservation under the OBC category by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999, which was replicated by the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. However, multiple writ petitions had been filed in court thereafter challenging the move.

The decision had also created resentment among other castes in the OBC as well as upper castes which were out of reservation net resulting in violent agitation over the years by them. Since then successive state governments enacted new reservation act to accommodate each and everyone however, the act is stuck in the high Court as the overall reservation went beyond the 50 per cent limit.

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