[Maratha Reservations] Maharashtra SEBC Act is Constitutional in Centre’s view: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta - LIVE from Supreme Court

A Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and Ravindra Bhat is hearing the matter.
[Maratha Reservations] Maharashtra SEBC Act is Constitutional in Centre’s view: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta - LIVE from Supreme Court
(L-R) Justices Hemant Gupta, L Nageswara Rao, Ashok Bhushan, S Abdul Nazeer and Ravindra Bhat

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is hearing the petitions challenging the validity of the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which had extended a 16% reservation for the Maratha community.

The Court had earlier also decided to hear all States in the matter, after a question of whether the Indra Sawhney case should be reconsidered cropped up. This case puts s 50% cap on the reservation permissible for backward classes.

Final hearings in the matter had commenced last Monday.

To read accounts of the hearings on Day 1 and Day 2 click here and here. To read Day 3 arguments, click here. Attorney General KK Venugopal completed putting forward his views on the issue on Day 4. In the last hearing on Friday, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi completed his submissions, following which Senior Advocate Paramjit Patwalia began his submissions. Read an account of Day 5 here and an account of Day 6 here.

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Live updates of the hearing today feature here.

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