The Center termed SC-ST reservation an emotional issue, said – reconsider keeping the creamy layer out of the purview: The Center has appealed for a reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the SC-ST creamy layer out of the purview of reservation.
Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court on Monday that this is a very emotional issue and the rule of exempting the creamy layer from the benefit of reservation cannot be enforced. Venugopal said that the matter should be referred to a larger bench of 7 judges for hearing. A bench of CJI SA Bobde said that he would hear the case after two weeks.
New petition filed, said- Creamy layer to be identified in SC-ST
A bench of CJI Boboday has sent a notice to the Center and the National Scheduled Castes Commission on a petition filed by OP Shukla, the chairman of the National Assembly Committee to review the reservation policy.
Shukla appealed that it should be able to identify rationally which category of SC-ST is the creamy layer and separate it from the weaker section. The petition said that the Central Government has not yet identified the creamy layer in SC-ST and such people are getting the benefit of reservation in place of weaker sections of this section.
Seeking instructions for identification of creamy layer
In a PIL filed in the same case, the Supreme Court was appealed to direct the Supreme Court to decide how to separate the creamy layer of SC-ST from the non-creamy layer. The petition said that the court should direct the identification of the affluent people of this class through ‘absolute and logical test’. The Supreme Court is hearing several public interest petitions related to this case simultaneously.