Maharashtra: Supreme Court to hear Maharashtra plea on Wednesday on OBC order
SC had previously said the state government had failed to conduct the mandatory data collection exercise to justify such quotas. The state offered to go back and collect the data and urged the court to allow it to suspend municipal elections until then. SC, however, rejected the suggestion, but on Monday after Maharashtra lawyer Shekhar Naphade requested an urgent hearing, Judge Khanwilkar agreed to hear his plea.
“State’s attorney under instruction argues that a new interim request has been filed for a recall of the order dated December 15, 2021. Issue the OI with related matters on Wednesday,” the bench said. He ordered the state government to provide a copy of the request to the voting committee.
SC had in its order of December 15 asked the Maharashtra State Election Commission to renotify the polls at 27% reserved seats as general category seats. The bench had said that it was not possible to accept arguments that without complying with the triple test, which must be followed before providing such a reservation for the OBC category, the SEC may be authorized to notify the polls. seats reserved for any local organization. Last March, the SC said booking for OBCs should not exceed 50% of the total number of seats. SC in another order in December asked the MP government to denotify reserved seats in rural and urban areas and conduct local polls as if they were general seats.