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No interim order on OBC quota in med seats

Refusing to pass any interim orders on a batch of cases filed by a host of political parties seeking reservation for OBCs in All India Quota for medical seats in non-central institutions, the Madras High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing to July 9, a day after the Supreme Court is set to hear a similar plea.

No interim order on OBC quota in med seats


In the hearing that transpired before a division comprising Justice R Subbiah and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy, senior counsel P Wilson, appearing for the DMK, submitted that while the Centre, in its counter affidavit, has admitted the possibility of reservation in State-surrendered seats for OBC, the quota is proposed as per Central Act and not as per Tamil Nadu Act and therefore the cap of 50% is not acceptable.

He further submitted that the Centre is denying implementation of OBC reservation on the ground of pendency of Saloni Kumari case in apex court while there is stay or injunction in said case and hence there are no legal impediments to give reservation for OBC.

Wilson said when DMK moved the Supreme Court, the latter had directed all parties to approach the HC. However, G Rajagopal, Additional Solicitor General, submitted that Saloni Kumari case is listed on July 8 before the Supreme Court and hence it would be better to hear the pleas after that.

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