Quota for promotions to SC/ST employees: SC orders status quo on Delhi HC order

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered status quo on the Delhi High Court’s order which had asked the Centre to comply within three months with the Apex Court’s judgement on grant of reservation for promotions in Government jobs to SCs and STs employees.

The High Court, in its November 12 last year order, had said that authorities were bound to comply with the verdict rendered by a five-judge Constitution bench of the Apex Court in the matter, which had paved the way for grant of quota for promotions in the Government jobs to SCs and STs.

The High Court, while noting that the Constitution bench judgement was delivered on September 26 last year, had directed the Centre to comply with it within three months.

The Apex Court’s last year verdict, which had paved the way for grant of quota for promotions in Government jobs to SCs and STs, had held that states were not required to “collect quantifiable data” reflecting the backwardness among these communities.

The Centre’s challenge to the High Court’s order Monday came up for hearing before a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer which said that the issue was needed to be heard at length. (AGENCIES)