Andhra court says no to reservations for Muslims

published on November 7, 2005

Courtesy: AP Vishwa Samvada Kendra

Andhra Pradesh high court on Monday quashed a state government ordinance providing for five per cent reservation to Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.
A five-member bench of the high court headed by Chief Justice Bilal Nazki pronounced the verdict.

The court disapproved of the reservation policy on the basis of religion.

It also found fault with the procedure adopted by the Backward Classes Commission, whose report formed the basis for the government to decide on five per cent reservation for Muslims keeping in view their social and economic status.

Several BC organizations and students had moved the high court, challenging the reservation policy.

The petitioners had contended that with the Muslim quota, the total reservations in the state had exceeded 50 per cent.


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