A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar turned down the Maharashtra government’s plea.
NEW DELHI: There will be no reservation of seats for Other Backward Classes in the upcoming municipal elections in Maharashtra as the Supreme Court has held that reservation cannot be granted because the state has failed to fulfill the ‘triple test’ criteria, including collecting data on OBCs. The SC has directed the state election commission to convert the 27% reserved seats into general category ones.
A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar turned down the Maharashtra government’s plea seeking suspension of the entire election process for at least three months during which the commission set up by it could complete the task of collecting empirical data on OBCs and for the poll to be held thereafter with seats reserved for OBC candidates.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, contended that it would provide all facilities and resources to the commission to fast-track the proceedings to enable it to file a report within three months.