PIL against govt’s quota for Muslims
The reservations for Muslim OBCs, announced by the West Bengal government, has come under the scanner of the Calcutta High Court.
A public interest litigation was moved in the Calcutta High Court today challenging the notifications issued on September 24 by the state government for the reservation of the Muslim OBCs.
Nilmadhab Karmakar, president of the Confederation of Other Backward Classes, a social organisation, filed a PIL last month seeking an order to strike down the notification of September 24. Hearing the petition today, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Jaynarayan Patel and Justice Ashim Roy directed the state government to file an affidavit within four weeks. Counsel of Karmakar advocate K C Kapash pointed out that the state government had declared reservation for the OBC under two categories — A and B. In category A, there are 56 castes, of which 54 belongs to Muslim OBCs. According to the notification 10 per cent posts in government service, local and statutory authorities and educational institutions would be reserved for those castes prescribed in category A. And seven per cent posts in government service would be reserved for those under category B. According to category B, several castes belonging to both Hindus and Muslims would get the benefit of reservation.