Quota in promotions for SC/ST: SC rules out early formation of larger bench

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 09:12:38



THE Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled out early formation of a Constitution bench to deal with various issues related to reservation, including the extension of “creamy layer” exclusion principle in grant of quota to SC/ST Government employees in promotion.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had earlier said that a five-judge Constitution bench would examine as to whether its 2006 verdict in the M Nagraj case needed a re-look.

The verdict had said that the creamy layer exclusion principle, applicable in grant of quota to Other Backward Classes (OBCs), cannot be applied to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for promotions in Government jobs.

“It will take some time to constitute a bench,” the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, today said when lawyers Naresh Kaushik and Suyash Mohan Guru mentioned the matter and sought early setting up of the larger bench to deal with the issue. The court had earlier tagged several petitions on the issue of grant of quota to SC/ST employees in promotions including the one filed by the Madhya Pradesh government against the High Court decision declaring the M P Public Service (MPSC) Promotion Rules, 2002 as ultra virus to the Constitution. The MPSC Promotion Rules provided for the quota in promotion also to the SC-ST Government employees. Earlier, a two-judge bench of the apex court had referred a batch of petitions to the CJI for consideration of the issue by a larger bench. The 2006 verdict in the M Nagaraj versus Union of India had ruled out the application of creamy layer exclusion principle for SC-ST employees.