Sunday, July 29, 2007

Stay on OBC quota

I was under the impression that the stay on OBC quotas issued by the two judge bench of the SC before the summer recess was final and that it was only the validity of the Constitutional amendment that had been referred to a larger bench headed by the Chief Justice.

It turns out that the larger bench that will be hearing the challenge to the Constitutional amendment next month will also hear the fresh plea for vacation of the stay on July 31. The ministry for HRD has filed the application on the ground that the stay will impose hardship on hundreds of OBC students who had applied and qualified for the quota for the present academic year. The IIMs are more than a month into their session. How would they respond if the stay were vacated? We could be in for a fresh round of acrimony.

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