No admissions, appointments in Gujarat on 10% quota

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The Supreme Court on Monday said the stay of Gujarat High Court verdict quashing 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) will continue but no admission or appointment would take place on the basis of the quota that was carved out in the wake of Patel agitation in the state. While directing the hearing of Gujarat’s appeal against the high court order on August 29, a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said the August 4 stay order would continue along with the undertaking that no admissions would be made on the basis of 10 per cent reservation. The Gujarat High Court, while staying its own judgement to enable the state government approach the apex court challenging it, had recorded an undertaking by the Gujarat government that no admissions would be made on the basis of 10 per cent reservations. At the outset of the hearing, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court bench that Gujarat government was challenging the August 4 high court verdict quashing May 1, 2016 ordinance providing for reservation for economically weaker sections amongst upper castes in the state both in education and employment. As Rohatgi told the court that the high court itself had stayed the operation of its own verdict, senior counsel Gopal Subramanium said that the stay was for two weeks which came to an end on August 17. The high court had stayed the operation of its own judgement as Gujarat government had sought two-weeks time to approach the Supreme Court.

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