Mumbai, January 10: The Bombay High Court division bench comprising of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre, today, directed the Maharashtra government to file an affidavit in response to a petition by AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel, challenging the reservation granted to the Maratha community.
In the Petition, Jaleel, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, sought the government to rescind the reservation given to Marathas and also urged the government to quickly put a reservation for the Muslim community into consideration.
The Petition further asserted, “There is a need for a caste-wise survey of Muslims and reservation to be provided to the community as it is also socially and economically backward.”
Earlier, on November 30, 2018, a bill was passed by the legislature of Maharashtra proposing 16 per cent reservation in education and government jobs for the Marathas, a declared socially and educationally backward class by the government.
It is to be noted that the first plea against the quota for Marathas was filed in Bombay High Court by Mumbai-based advocate Gunratan Sadavarte on Dec 4, 2018, challenging the state's decision of reservation to Marathas.
The court kept the petition for hearing on January 23.