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Kerala: SC Declined Petition to Increase Percentage of Reservation for the Muslim Community in Public Employment

The Supreme Court today declined to entertain a petition moved by the Minority Indians Planning and Vigilance Commission Trust, seeking a direction to increase the percentage of reservation for the Muslim community in public employment in Kerala. The petitioner had contended that the Kerala State Backward Classes Commission must assess the inclusion of minority classes in the statutory list. Several representations made raising these issues yielded no response. However, the Supreme Court allowed the petitioner to approach the Kerala High Court. Src-https://bit.ly/2RKXWwl

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Ordinance Granting 16% Quota to Marathas Declined by the Supreme Court

Supreme Court has refused to entertain a plea seeking consideration for a petition for an ordinance granting a 16% quota for Marathas in admission to PG medical & dental courses this year in the State. The ordinance further seeks to amend the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act to ensure a reservation quota for Maratha students this year. The ordinance was filed by one individual, Sameer against the Bombay High Court.

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SC rejects urgent hearing of PIL demanding re-election with Ballot paper

The Apex Court’s vacation bench headed by Justice Ajay Rastogi and Surya Kant has denied urgent hearing of a PIL which demands fresh Lok Sabha election with Ballot Papers. The petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma argued that 'as per Representation of Peoples Act' election can be conducted only by using ballot papers and not EVMs.

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Supreme Court bail to Kanojia, says citizen's liberty sacrosanct

The Supreme Court granted bail to journalist Prashant Kanojia. On a petition filed by Kanojia's wife Jigisha, a vacation bench which includes Justice's Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi ordered immediate release on bail. Justice Banerjee, during the hearing, said, "Liberty of a citizen is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. It is guaranteed by the Constitution and it cannot be infringed upon". Banerjee further added, "We can understand that the tweets should not have been made. But arresting..." Defense lawyer, S Farasat, said that government lawyer took multiple objections on release but the Court was not convinced. Kanoji was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police for making certain objectionable comments against Yogi Adityanath on social media and for spreading rumours.

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