A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitution amendment bill that reserves 10 per cent quota for poorer sections in the general category. A petition filed by a group, Youth for Equality and Dr Kaushal Kant Mishra, said the amendment violates the 50 per cent ceiling that had been laid down by the Supreme Court. The plea, filed by Youth for Equality, said the Amendment violates the 'equality code of the Constitution' and hence violates the basic structure of the Constitution of India.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Bill, with 165 voting in its favour and 7 against on Wednesday, a day after the Lok Sabha approved The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019.The quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The latest development came a day after Parliament approved the Bill and, thereby, effecting a change in the Constitution to add a new chapter to the laws on reservation nearly three decades after the Mandal Commission recommendations came into force.