New Delhi: The country's Supreme Court has struck down the 10.5% reservation given to the Vanniyar community of Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that caste cannot be the sole basis for providing reservation to any community. The Vanniyar community is considered the 'most backward community in Tamil Nadu.
Hearing the matter, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai gave this order while upholding the judgment of the Madras High Court on November 1. The Tamil Nadu government and PMK had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court's decision. Justice Nageswara Rao said that this law made by the Tamil Nadu government in 2021 is a misuse of the powers of the Constitution. He said that no ground was made that the Vanniyar community should be kept in a separate category.
Let us inform you that in February 2021, a law was passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly declaring the Vanniyar community as the 'Most Backward Community and providing a 10.5 percent reservation. This quota was to be given out of the 20 percent reservation prescribed for MBCs. This decision was immediately challenged in the High Court and the Supreme Court. At that time the top court had refused to hear saying that the High Court would decide in this regard. Then the High Court had rejected the reservation, which was challenged in the Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court also abolished the reservation, giving a blow to the Tamil Nadu government.