Huge Setback For Nitish Kumar: Patna High Court Scraps 65% Reservation For Backward Classes

The Bihar legislature had in 2023 given the nod to increase the reservation after amending the Bihar Reservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services (For Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Act, 1991. The act was amended after taking note of the data that revealed that members of backward classes were still comparatively less in proportion in government service.
Nitish Kumar.

The High Court move is seen as a huge setback for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was at the forefront to bring the quota in the state.

New Delhi: The Patna High Court has struck down the amendments passed by the erstwhile JD(U)-RJD government to increase the reservation of backward classes from 50 percent to 65 percent, calling the move "unconstitutional". The amendments passed by the Bihar legislature in 2023 benefitted Backward Classes, Extremely Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/STs). The High Court move is seen as a huge setback for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was at the forefront to bring the quota in the state.
A division bench of Chief Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice Harish Kumar said the reservation move violates Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution and caters to the right to equality.
The court passed the order after hearing a batch of petitions that had challenged the enactments as violative of equal opportunity for citizens in matters of employment and education.
The Bihar legislature had in 2023 given the nod to increase the reservation after amending the Bihar Reservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services (For Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Act, 1991. The act was amended after taking note of the data that revealed that members of backward classes were still comparatively less in proportion in government service.
Following the enactments, Bihar held the highest reservation percentage among larger states, reaching a total of 75 per cent.
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