The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a member belonging to a Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe community cannot claim the benefit of reservation in government employment in other states if his or her caste is not notified there.
Headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the five-judge constitution bench also comprised of Justices N V Ramana, R Banumathi, M Shantanagoudar and Justice S A Nazeer.
The apex court bench unanimously held that a person belonging to Scheduled Caste in one state cannot be deemed to be a Scheduled Caste in other states where he migrated for the purpose of employment or education.
"A person notified as Scheduled Caste in state A cannot claim the same status in another state on the basis that he is declared as Scheduled Caste in state A," it said.
However, Justice Banumathi disagreed with the majority view on the aspect of applicability of central reservation policy on SC/ST in national capital territory, Delhi.
The bench with a majority of 4:1 held that so far as Delhi is concerned, the central reservation policy regarding SC/ST would be applicable here.
The verdict came on a batch of petitions that had raised the issue whether a SC/ST in one state can seek reservation in another state where his caste is not notified as SC/ST.
The bench was also seized of the question whether SC/ST people of other state can seek quota benefits for government jobs in Delhi.
(With PTI inputs)