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SC to hear arguments on validity of reservations on basis of economic conditions from Sept 13

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The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that arguments in the case involving the Constitutional legitimacy of reservations for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in higher education and concerns of public employment based on financial circumstances will commence on September 13.

A panel chaired by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit has also scheduled the case for September 8 for orders to ensure that the hearing goes smoothly. During the hearing, the judge inquired as to how many times all parties would be taken.

According to one of the lawyers, the total time demanded from the petitioner sides is 17.5 hours. According to the Attorney General, it will take around 3 hours.

The court stated that if the questions emerged during the hearing, it may grant further time to either side, totaling 5 working days. The court mentioned three working days in the first week and two in the second week.

The judge also asked attorneys not to make any more remarks.

The constitutional validity of the 103rd Amendment Act, 2019, which allowed the state to impose reservations in higher education and public employment based only on economic reasons, would be the first issue addressed by a five-judge bench chaired by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit.

A five-judge panel led by Chief Justice UU Lalit had previously stated that the Janhit Abhiyan case will now take precedence.

Janhit Abhiyan’s case is about contesting the constitutional legality of the 103rd Amendment Act, 2019, which allowed the state to create reservations in higher education and public employment based only on economic reasons.

Furthermore, the Janhit case will be considered alongside a case brought by the Andhra Pradesh government against the High Court’s judgement in 2005 to overturn its decision to award reservations in education and public service to the entire Muslim population of the state.

Previously, the court designated nodal counsels Shadab Farasat, Kanu Agarwal, and two others to oversee common compilation.

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