The bill to provide reservation to Jats lands in legal battle

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As anticipated, the bill to provide reservation to Jats in Haryana has been challenged before Punjab and Haryana High Court. The petition in this regard is likely to come up for hearing before high court on Thursday.

The petitioner, Shakti Singh, a resident of Safidon added the reservation Bill was passed “due to the fear of agitation, without obtaining survey, committee or commission report”.

Shakti Singh said Haryana government had failed to protect the fundamental, and civil, rights of citizens. Going into the legal background of the matter, he said the Haryana Assembly in 2014 also passed the quota bill and included Jat in the list of other backward classes for reservation in job and educational institutes.

Hearing a matter, Ram Singh and others versus the Union of India, the Apex Court on March 4, 2014, had held that the Jats were not backward socially, educationally, politically or without adequate representation in public employment, the petition states.

The Supreme Court held the class could not be treated as OBC and further observed reservation should be restricted to the most distressed section of people. The observation was made by the Supreme Court on the basis of observations by the National Commission of Backward Class that the Jats had adequate representation in the armed forces, government services and educational institutes.

Shakti Singh also prayed that the impugned Bill dated March 29 may be stayed during the pendency of the writ petition. The petitioner asserted the main law points involved in the present writ petition were: “Whether the action of the States is against the Article 14 and 16 of Constitution of India; whether the action of the state is against the law laid down by the Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney and Ram Singh case; whether the action of the state is biased, malafide, arbitrary and under the pressure of a particular case which against Constitution of India?”


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