Maratha reservation: SC asks open category students to approach High Court

The Maratha reservation issue refuses to die down with medical students still at loggerheads over the ordinance which was issued, allowing for 16% quota for Maratha community students. On Tuesday, May 21, three students from the open category had filed a petition in the Supreme Court

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Now in a new development, the Supreme Court has responded to the open category medical students. The court has stated that the petition needs to be redirected to the Bombay High Court.

On Monday, May 20, after Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, signed the government’s ordinance clearing the Maratha quota during the current year’s admission process.

In response to this, a day after the ordinance was signed, three open category students from Mumbai had filed a petition in the Supreme Court over the ordinance which allows Maratha reservation (SEBC) in the Post-graduate medical and dental college admission.

The SC had earlier ruled that Maratha reservation will not be applicable during this year’s PG admission process.

But the state government brought out an ordinance which overruled this decision.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Anurag Mankar, an senior associate advocate on record for Pan India Legal Services LLP, which is representing the open category students, said, “In response to the petition filed by the three students, the Supreme Court has asked us to redirect the petition to the High Court.  The students will now have to approach the High Court.”

Sudha Shenoy, who is one of the activists who is protesting against the reservation, said, “We have no other option apart from approaching the High Court. We will now knock on its doors and file our petition with them.”