The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an amendment which holds that Marathas are socially and economically backward classes. The SC was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Bombay High Court verdict which had upheld the grant of reservation to Marathas in admissions and government jobs in the state.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan pronounced the verdict.

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The lengthy hearing on the issue also saw submissions being made on whether the landmark 1992 Indra Sawhney verdict (called the Mandal judgement), which put a cap of 50 per cent on reservations, requires re-consideration by a larger bench.