The reservation granted to Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions has been cancelled by the Supreme Court, saying it exceeds the 50% cap mentioned in the Indian Constitution. The five-judge bench of the top court observed that the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category.
"States have no power to add any caste to the socially economically backward caste list due to the amendment made by Parliament. States can only identify the castes and suggest to the Centre...Only the President can add the caste to the SEBC list guided by the National Backward Classes Commission," the court observed.
The court order seems to have prompted mixed reaction on social media.
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