The Supreme Court has ruled that the Maratha reservation hearing will be resumed after the regular commencement of the trial, saying that no decision can be taken in the Supreme Court through video conferencing. Next hearing has been postponed to July 15th.

Supreme Court was clear that no major decision will be made in Maratha Reservation through video conferencing. State Government Advocate Mukul Rohatgi requested the supreme court to hold an open court hearing in the case and not all issues of the Maratha Reservation could be raised through video conferencing.

The Maratha reservation case will be heard on July 15. No adjournment has been granted today, the next hearing will be about the post graduate argument, now is the real time for the state government, the government should play the right role. Both the government and the opposition should work for Maratha reservation

Petitioner Vinod Patil

Justice L. N. A three-judge bench headed by Rao directed a hearing on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the law recognizing Maratha reservation. Justice LN Rao expresses inclination to hear on a “day-to-day basis”, the petitions challenging Constitutional validity of a Maharashtra law, which grants reservation to the Maratha
community in education and jobs.

Martha Reservation Timeline

  • 30 Nov 2018 – Legislative Assembly approves Maratha reservation
  • 27 June 2019 – Mumbai High Court seals reservation
  • 12 July 2019 – Constitutional validity of reservation will be examined: Supreme Court to hear from 19 November 2019 – 22 Jan 2020: Supreme Court rejects High Court decision
  • March 17, 2020 – Supreme Court says to hear from July 7,
  • June 10, 2020 – Judgment on medical-dental petitions along with the main petition
  • July 7, 2020 – Final hearing on all petitions

What is Martha Reservation

The state government has announced a 16 percent reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs. However, the reservation in the job was earlier postponed by the High Court. Subsequently, the anti-reservation petitioners had also sought a stay on the educational reservation. However, the High Court has kept the educational reservation of the Maratha community unaffected. Maratha Reservation Bill has been passed unanimously in the Maharashtra Legislature. Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis has appealed to the government to be more prepared.

Vinod Patil, coordinator of Maratha Kranti Morcha, has demanded that a hearing be held before a five-judge bench to verify the validity of the Maratha reservation. His lawyer Narasimha defended him in the Supreme Court.

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