The Supreme Court objects to Amit Shah’s remarks about 4% Muslim quota in Karnataka
The state government decided on March 27 to eliminate the 4% reservation for Muslims, and the top court noted Mehta’s declaration that no action would be taken in response.
SC: “Some sanctity must be preserved”
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court stated that “some sanctity needs to be maintained” and strongly disapproved of any political statements made in connection with the sub-judice case involving the removal of the four percent Muslim quota in Karnataka.
Avoid making political statements on such topics
When the matter is still pending in court, there is a court order regarding the Karnataka Muslim quota, political statements on the subject should be avoided, according to a bench of Justices BV Nagarathna, Ahsanuddin Amanullaj, and KM Joseph. It doesn’t fit the situation. Maintaining some sanctity is necessary.
Senior Attorney Dushyant Dave’s Statement
Senior attorney Dushyant Dave said in support of the petitioners who were opposing the removal of the 4% Muslim quota: “Everyday home minister announces claims in Karnataka that they have abandoned 4% Muslim quota. Why should these claims be made?
These assertions are made every day, according to Dave.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s statements
When speaking on behalf of the Karnataka government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to the statements being made, stating that he was not aware of any such statements and that if anyone was saying that quotas based on religion shouldn’t exist, that was incorrect and untrue.
Mehta argued that the court should intervene to prevent Dave from making such remarks while the case is being heard.
Mehta and senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, who are representing members of the Vokkaligas and Lingayats communities, stated at the outset that they require some accommodations from the hearing because they are arguing in a constitution bench matter involving same-sex marriage.
He assured that the court’s temporary order would be upheld.
The bench ordered
The bench declared, “We won’t let this court turn into a political forum. We are not involved in it. We will put this matter on hold.”
The bench then ordered that the temporary rulings made during the previous hearing be followed until further orders and scheduled a July hearing for the case.
The Karnataka government informed the SC to end all religiously based discrimination
On April 26, the Karnataka government informed the highest court that it had made the “conscious decision” to end all religiously-based discrimination because it is unconstitutional. As a result, the government has eliminated the 4% Muslim quota.
Petitioners filed many petitions
Many petitions were filed against the state government’s two orders from March 27 that eliminated the 4% quota for Muslims in the “Other Backward Castes” category 2B and increased the quotas for Vokkaligas and Lingayats for admission and employment in government positions. The state government responded to these petitions in writing.
Karnataka will maintain its previous policy until the day of voting
After the state government requested additional time to submit its response, the top court ruled that Karnataka will maintain its previous policy of granting Muslims 4% of the population until May 9, the day of voting for assembly elections.