The government has moved the Supreme Court seeking review of its verdict, which had set aside the inclusion of Jats in the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) in nine states. The government moved the apex court days after a meeting a Jat delegation had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who assured the community leaders that his dispensation would try to find a solution within the legal framework.
While dismissing a petition by a group of Jat students seeking benefits of reservation under the OBC category in post-graduate medical and dental courses two days ago. The decision to include Jats in Central OBC list was taken after various state panels furnished reports favouring the inclusion, it said.
Earlier, a bench, while setting aside the notification that had enabled Jats to claim reservation in nine states, had said that “possible wrong inclusions” cannot be the basis of further inclusion, and reservation should be given only to the “most distressed”. The Jats were included in the central list OBCs for getting reservation in states like Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
Earlier, the apex court had dismissed a plea of Jat students seeking benefits of reservation under OBC in the ongoing process of admission in post-graduate (PG) medical and dental courses. A group of Jat students had said that during the all-India counselling for admission to PG courses, the students were in the OBC list as the judgement of this court had not come then. And, when state level counselling was on, the students of the community fell under the general category.
The students, who did not opt for all-India counselling for better choice of colleges in the subsequent state-level counselling, were “neither here nor there”, the plea had said, adding that these innocent students have been caught in this.