The Bombay High Court has posted the hearing of a petition filed by an advocate challenging the 16 per cent reservation granted to the Maratha community for December 10. A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice MS Karnik will take up the matter on the scheduled date.
Senior Advocate V Thorat, appearing for the state, argued that though this is the first petition challenging the reservation given to the Maratha community, more petitions are expected to come, and thus two weeks’ time should be granted.
Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte, in his plea, raised two major points challenging the reservation. First, he relied upon several Supreme Court rulings which have capped the reservations to be granted to a maximum of 50 per cent. Second, he claimed that the reservation granted is unconstitutional.