New Delhi: The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional legality of a 27 percent quota for OBCs in All India Quota seats for admission to government-run medical colleges for post-graduate and undergraduate medical programmes on Thursday. According to the report, "reservation is not incompatible with merit," but rather promotes the common benefit of equality.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who presided over a bench that included Justice A.S. Bopanna, ruled that "providing reservation in the AIQ seats is a policy decision of the government, which will be subject to the contours of judicial review similar to every reservation policy," rejecting petitioners' allegation that the rules of the game were changed midway through the NEET PG for AIQ process.
"It thus cannot be argued that the rules of the game were set when the registration for the examination closed," the court said, referring to chapter-II of the information bulletin issued for NEET PG AIQ seats, which specifically states that "reservation applicable to NEET-PG would be notified by the counselling authority before the beginning of the counselling process."