New Delhi: The Supreme Court refused the Centre’s appeal to reconsider its own 2006 verdict regarding quota on job promotions in the public sector for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, on Wednesday. The court upheld its 2006 verdict and said it is not mandatory for the government to provide reservations in job promotions in the public sector for SCs and STs.
However, the court set aside its one aspect of its 2006 ruling and said that there is no need for quantifiable data to be collected by state governments on the backwardness of SCs and STs if they wanted to introduce reservation in job promotions. In the 2006 order, the apex court had made it mandatory for states to collect quantifiable data if they wished to introduce reservation in job promotions.
A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra pronounced the unanimous judgment.
The Centre and various state government had sought reconsideration of this verdict on various grounds and argued that considering the members of the SC and ST communities and their stigma of caste, they are presumed to be backward and should be provided with reservation even in job promotions.
After hearing various stakeholders, including the Centre on this matter, the bench had reserved its verdict on August 30, and passed the modified verdict on September 26.