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Inclusion of Jats in OBC list comes under SC scanner

New Delhi: The controversial decision of UPA-II government ahead of general elections to include Jats in OBC category came under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court today seeking explanation from the Centre for allegedly ignoring

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Updated on: April 01, 2014 19:27 IST


The court said it will consider the plea for stay of the notification after examining the materials and also sought the assistance of Attorney General G E Vahanvati.

The notification included Jat community in OBC list in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan (two districts of Bharatpur and Dholpur), Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti, an organisation of members of Communities which are included in the Central List of Backward Classes, alleged that it is an “outrageous notification” issued in haste with “vote bank” politics in mind.

“Before the election, a largesse is given by political party in power to purchase votes,” Venugopal submitted and elaborated how “illegal and arbitrarily” the Union government ignored National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) advice which is binding on it to include the Jats in the OBC list.

The senior advocate said Jats will be like a “creamy layer” in the OBC list and will take away the seats and posts in schools, colleges and government jobs from other community.

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