The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Chhattisgarh government and Guru Ghasidas Sahitya and Sanskriti Akademi on the issue of tribal reservation. A bench of Justice BR Gavai issued this notice after hearing the petition application of Yogesh Thakur. The government now has four weeks to respond. Following that, the court will rehear the case.
The Chhattisgarh High Court, in a historic verdict on September 19, declared 58% reservation in Chhattisgarh as unconstitutional. In doing so, the court struck down the Reservation Act. Since then, movements have started in the tribal society. The government has said to appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the government is yet to decide on the grounds of appeal.
Tribal activist and legal advisor B.K. Manish, Prakash Thakur, Chhattisgarh Scheduled Tribe Government Servant Vikas Sangh, and Yogesh Kumar Thakur have filed the appeal petition. These four people, according to experts, were not parties in the High Court. As a result, there is no way to file an appeal. However, the court may agree. Justice Gavai accepted Yogesh Kumar Thakur’s application on Monday and issued a notice to the state government and other parties requesting responses.
The state government changed the reservation ratio in 2012. The reservation for the Scheduled Tribes category was 32% of the total. Simultaneously, a 12% reservation for Scheduled Castes was implemented. The Guru Ghasidas Sahitya and Sanskriti Akademi have challenged this law.
In its September 19 decision, the Chhattisgarh High Court struck down the state’s Public Service Reservation Act. As a result, the reservation system is no longer operational. Reservations in educational institutions have ended. The results of the recruitment tests were withheld.