Supreme Court reserves verdict on EWS reservation, 103rd Amendment
Apex Court reserves verdict on EWS Quota regarding the plea of reservation related to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). It was referring to a Constitution Bench over 103rd Constitution Amendment Act, 2019. It provides 10% reservation to those citizens who belong to the recently formulated EWS category.
Justice S A Bobade who was heading one of the benches reserved this order. It states that after hearing both the parties, whether it is required to refer this case to the Constitution Bench.
Attorney General K K Venugopal had explained that the 10% reservation quota was not violating the Indian Constitution basic structure He justified the decision of govt regarding the same. He added that with EWS, the govt was trying to provide benefits to the weaker and poorer citizens of General Category. There has been reports of such sections being deprived of several facilities.
Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan, who was appearing for petitioners said that the bench should refer this matter to a larger bench. They can decide the questions regarding basic structure where the 103rd Amendment alters one of the basic features of the Constitution which is regarding the definition of Equality in terms of identity as well as width.