SC quashes Notification on Giving Reservation to Jats in OBC List


New Delhi, March 17: In a historic judgment, The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed a notification on the reservation to include Jats in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBC), saying the community is not backward.

A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman while delivering the judgment today said that the notification to include Jats community in the central list of the OBC could not be implemented as the community is not socially or economically backward.

The verdict is a big blow to the UPA, which had kept reservation for the Jat community in the Central list of OBC during its regime. 

The bench observed that the politically organised Jats are not backward and they cannot be entitled to the OBC reservation. The judges said that the caste is a prominent factor, but cannot be a sole factor to determine the backwardness of the community. 

The verdict was pronounced on a PIL filed by the OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti. The organisation had filed a petition challenging the then government's notification that was issued a day before the model code of conduct was implemented for the Lok Sabha polls.

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