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Madras HC disallows 10 % reservation under economically weaker sections in medical, dental seats under All India quota

- August 25, 2021

Chennai, August 25 (BPNS)

The Madras High Court on Wednesday disallowed 10 % reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) for admission to medical and dental seats in All India Quota (AIQ) seats surrendered by the Tamil Nadu government.  The court ruled that this reservation crossed the 50% cap set by the Supreme Court of India.

The first bench of the Madras High Court represented by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P.D. Audikesavalu said, “EWS quota is impermissible till the same is approved by the Supreme Court of India.”

The court however, said that the 27% reservation notified by the Union government for OBC’s in All India Quota (AIQ) seats surrendered by Tamil Nadu government for admission to medical and dental courses is possible.  The court also said that it need not provide the 50% reservation as followed in the state.

The court also dropped a contempt of court moved by the DMK against the central government authorities for failing to implement the reservation in the current academic year. The ruling party also wanted the court to direct the central government to provide 50% reservation for OBC’s in the AIQ seats as per the state policy and not the 27% that is being followed by the central government.

The Union government contending the pray of the DMK said that the reservation for SC/ST communities have been provided in the AIQ seats on the basis of the Central government Act. If state reservation was to be followed in the All India Quota for OBCs it would lead to a different scenario.