A Madhya Pradesh Congress leader has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the judgment upholding the Centre’s decision on reservation for the economically weaker section. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Constitution’s 103rd Amendment Act 2019, which provides for 10 per cent EWS reservation in the general category.
A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit delivered the verdict. The verdict was passed with a 3:2 majority as three judges upheld the Act while two judges passed a dissenting judgment.
CJI UU Lalit concurred with Justice Ravindra Bhat. The majority bench which upheld the amendment, comprised Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, Bela Trivedi and JB Pardiwala. Justice S Ravindra Bhat passed a dissenting judgement and disagreed with the majority verdict. Justice Maheshwari said the EWS amendment does not violate the equality code or violate the essential features of the Constitution and the breach of 50% does not violate the basic structure.