Bombay HC rejects petition challenging SEBC reservation in medical education

The Bombay High Court has given a major relief to the medical aspirants from the Maratha community on Thursday, July 11. Earlier on June 27, the Bombay High Court upheld the state government’s decision to provide Maratha reservation in public employment and education under SEBC act to Maratha community

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  • The Bombay High Court has rejected a plea which challenged the Social Economic Backward Classes (SEBC) reservation in MBBS and dental courses. 
  • The court has accepted the decision of the Maharashtra government while ruling against the plea filed by a group of aspiring medical students from the open category.  

On May 20, the Maharashtra government had promulgated an ordinance to give 16 per cent reservation for Maratha community in education and jobs. The medical aspirants from the open category had challenged this in the High Court.

A division bench compromising of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Gautam Patel, after hearing both the sides of the argument,  rejected the plea filed by the open category students.

During the hearing, the Maharashtra government said, though the admission process had begun, the reservation was applicable during the actual admission being taken in the colleges.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Rajesh Tekale, a lawyer,  who is representing the Maratha community students, said, “The Bombay High Court has rejected the plea filed by the medical aspirants from the open category challenging the SEBC reservation. The court said that the government has promulgated the ordinance to give reservation to the Maratha community, not only in the medical sector but also, in other educational sectors as well. So, the court has rejected the plea.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shivaji Bhosale, who is currently pursuing his post-graduate studies, said, “The court has taken a good decision. If the government wants to take a decision on the admission of students, then they should do it before the admission process begins so that it does not cause an inconvenience to the students.”

Students from the open category had challenged the constitutional validity of the amendments in the SEBC act in the High Court.