MP: Shivraj govt suffers major setback from HC on OBC reservation

Bhopal: The Shivraj government has received a major setback from the Madhya Pradesh High Court. In fact, the court has stayed the order to provide 27% reservation in teacher recruitment. According to the information received, the court, while hearing a petition seeking 27 per cent OBC reservation in the school education department yesterday, has directed to provide 14 per cent OBC reservation. In fact, in a contempt petition filed by Rajasthan resident petitioner Prabal Pratap Singh and 11 others, it was stated that the High Court has stayed the implementation of 27 per cent OBC reservation in the state in half a dozen petitions.

Yesterday, the High Court rejected the application for lifting the stay and fixed a final hearing on the petitioners, but the state government has imposed 27 OBC reservations and 10 per cent EWS reservations in the selection of higher secondary teacher posts. Let me tell you that it was said on behalf of the petitioner that, "The General Administration Department of the State Government had issued a circular citing the opinion of the Advocate General in the court.'' On the other hand, the circular said that 27 per cent of OBC reservation can be implemented in departments other than the cases where the High Court has stayed. Not only this, on the basis of this circular, the Commissioner of Public Education has released the final selection list by introducing 27 per cent OBC reservation in the selection of higher secondary teacher posts.

Let me also tell you that it was heard in a double bench of Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Vijay Shukla on November 18. The double bench said, "No more than 14% reservation can be allowed. It has issued a notice to the state government in the matter and directed it to hear the matter further on December 6.'' Let me tell you that the State Government had earlier applied for lifting the ban on 27% OBC reservation, but the High Court has rejected it too.

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