No basis to treat Vanniyar as a separate group: SC strikes down 10.5% reservation

Team SoOLEGAL 31 Mar 2022 6:03pm

No basis to treat Vanniyar as a separate group: SC strikes down 10.5% reservation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court overturned the 10.5 percent reservation granted to Vanniyars, a Most Backward Community (MBC) in Tamil Nadu, in government jobs and educational admission.

The Madras High Court order quashing the reservation was upheld by a bench consisting of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai.

"We are of the opinion that there is no substantial basis for classifying Vanniakula Kshatriyas into one group to be treated differently from the remaining 115 communities within the MBC groups and, therefore, the 2021 Act is in violation of Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution. Therefore, we uphold the decision of the high court," the bench stated.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a bill piloted by the then-ruling AIADMK in February last year, providing internal reservation of 10.5% for Vanniyars, with the incumbent DMK government issuing an order to implement it in July 2021.

It had divided the total 20% reservation for MBCs and denotified communities into three distinct categories by regrouping castes, and it had provided a 10% plus sub-quota for Vanniyars, previously known as Vanniakula Kshatriyas.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Tamil Nadu   Madras High Court   Justice L Nageswara Rao   Justice B R Gavai  
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