Ex-Minister of Justice hails SC verdict on EWS quota; says “unfair caste remark”


New Delhi: Former Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Monday hailed the verdict of the five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court which upheld the validity of the 103rd Constitution Amendment Act with a majority of 3 against 2.
The 103rd Amendment Act to the Constitution provides a 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in educational institutions and government employment. The Supreme Court said the significance of the judgment lies in the fact that economic backwardness as the basis of the reservation is now accepted as a constitutional principle. “The Supreme Court, in a majority judgment, upheld the EWS reservation in public employment, private employment and educational institutions based on economic criteria, which has been a subject of debate in this country for a very long time. The Supreme Court has said that economic backwardness can be a basis for reservation and this point has been reiterated even in dissenting judgments,” former Union law minister Ashwani Kumar said in a conversation with the ANI.
He added: “Of course there are different views on the subject and it is the fact that two eminent judges have chosen to give a dissenting opinion on the overall judgment shows that the debate will continue in the country.” .
The former justice minister added: “I also think the state should give benefits to a person of any caste if they are economically weaker. But views on the Indira Sawhney case are different.Reservation can only be given on a social level By amending the Constitution, Parliament gave priority to the economic basis for granting reservations and this was upheld by the Supreme Court.
“Therefore, I would just say it’s the law of the land and to call the Supreme Court ‘casteist’ for any reason is completely inappropriate,” he said in reaction to the leader’s comment. Congress Udit Raj, done earlier in the day. .
However, Udit Raj later clarified that he was not against the EWS booking but was challenging the higher caste mindset of the higher court.
“I do not oppose the EWS reservation, but I do take issue with the upper caste mindset of SC. When it came to extending the 50% reservation limit for SC/ST/ OBC, they cited the 50% limit from the Indra Sawhney judgment. Today they cited that the Constitution has no limit…” Udit Raj said.
Dismissing Udit Raj’s remarks, Kumar added that it was incorrect to speak of the highest court in this way. There may be disagreement with the SC’s decision, but calling the whole court caste is not fair, he said.
“I don’t think that’s fair. It’s not fair to say that about the Supreme Court, neither is it fair according to tradition. There may be a disagreement with the Court’s decision. supreme, but calling the whole court a caste is not fair in my understanding,” said Ashwani Kumar. (ANI)


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