NEET Latest Updates – HC directs Centre to form a committee to decide on OBC reservation in all-India quota. The case pertains to medical seats given up by the Tamil Nadu government to the all-India quota. The two-member first bench comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy delivered the judgment on the plea submitted by all the political parties including the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK.
The judges also observed, “The policy to provide reservation in All India quota seats is already in place and is legally supported. There is no legal or any constitutional impediment for extending the benefit of reservation for Other Backward Castes (OBCs).”
The first bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy also made it clear that any decision made by the committee shall be applicable only from the next academic year. Asserting that there was no legal bar in providing OBC reservation in AIQ seats as contended by the MCI, the bench said it was not passing a positive order to provide the reservation only in view of settled law that courts cannot interfere in policy matters of the government, unless in cases where fundamental rights are affected. “Reservation is not a legal or fundamental right,” the court added.
The bench passed the order on the batch of petitions moved by the Tamil Nadu government, the DMK, AIADMK, PMK and other political parties challenging the decision of the Centre not to provide OBC reservations in AIQ seats for medical admission. Disposing of the petitions, the court also observed that it is open for the Centre to pass any legislation to provide OBC reservation in AIQ seats for medical admission
Supreme Court had asked the Madras High Court to decide on merits of all petitions pending before it that seek the implementation of 50% reservation for Other Backward Classes in the all-India quota seats for medical and dental courses in Tamil Nadu. The state government had challenged the Centre’s decision not to grant 50% quota to OBCs in the seats surrendered by the state.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Pattali Makkal Katchi had also moved the High Court after the Supreme Court, on June 11, refused to entertain their petitions challenging the Centre’s decision.
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