CENTRE SEEKS URGENT HEARING OF PLEAS OPPOSING EWS, OBC RESERVATION IN NEET-PG

The Centre approached the Supreme Court on Monday for an urgent hearing on petitions challenging the implementation of reservation for other backward classes (OBC) and economically weaker sections (EWS) in the all-India quota NEET undergraduate and post-graduate seats.

After the court raised questions in October last year on the criteria adopted to give reservation to EWS based on a uniform annual income cap of 8 lakh, the Centre had put counselling for NEET seats on hold and constituted a committee to revisit the formula.

The committee’s report formed part of an affidavit submitted by the Centre on January 1 before the top court that was supposed to take up the matter for hearing on January 6. On Monday, solicitor general Tushar Mehta appeared before a bench headed by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and requested the court to advance the hearing from January 6 to Tuesday, January 4.

“There is some urgency. Please have it tomorrow,” Mehta said.

The bench agreed to consider Mehta’s request but justice Chandrachud pointed out that besides him, the other two judges – justices Surya Kant and Vikram Nath – are part of separate benches. An order to constitute the bench at short notice can be passed only by the chief justice of India (CJI) on the administrative side.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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