Supreme Court Asks Govt To Show Data To Justify Quota In Promotions

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New Delhi, October 07: Observing that reservation in promotion for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes cannot go on indefinitely but only till they are adequately represented, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to place data before it to justify continuance of the quota.

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai, which is examining the validity of the Centre’s decision to continue with the policy of reservation in promotion, asked attorney general KK Venugopal and additional solicitor general Balbir Singh repeatedly whether any exercise has been undertaken by the Centre after 1997 to find out the proportion of SC and ST employees in central government jobs.

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The bench is hearing a plea of the Centre challenging the Delhi high court order quashing its notification granting reservation in promotion for SC/ST employees beyond the five-year period the Supreme Court had stipulated in the Indra Sawhney case.

How would you justify reservation in promotion? You are talking only about principles but not about data. There must be some justification for continuing with reservation in promotion,” the bench told the ASG.