The Supreme Court will reconsider its 2004 decision stating that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC-ST) cannot be classified into small sub-classes for the purpose of providing reservation in education and government jobs. A five-member constitution bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Thursday referred the matter of classification in SC-ST to a seven-judge bench. This decision may have far-reaching political implications.
It is believed that through the hearing, the debate about the so-called creamy layer of SC-ST will once again begin. A five-member constitution bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Thursday ruled that there is inequality within the SC-ST group, with states being empowered to sub-classify what they are given in view of the country’s federal structure. Gives the right to provide reservation for backward classes.
The bench asked the Supreme Court to review its previous judgment on the SC-ST sub-classification. The bench said, ‘The benefit in the case is for all the castes included in the SC list. It is being used by some castes that have adequate representation, they are from advanced and creamy layers. In such a situation, this inequality would be fatal because it is necessary to feed and provide bread to every person when hungry. Under the guise of creating a homogeneous class, all things cannot be given to the powerful class at the cost of the rights of others. The truth is that some castes are still where they were before.