Quota-based promotions: state files review petition in SC

The Karnataka government on Wednesday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the February 9 judgement that had set aside the state law granting reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees as ultra vires of the Constitution.

The petition was filed after seeking opinion from Attorney General, sources said. A bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and U U Lalit would consider the plea for reconsideration of the judgement in their chambers as mandated under the SC rules. As many as two batches of such review petitions have already been filed in the matter.

In its judgement, the apex court had then said that the exercise granting benefits to the officers by the state government under the 2002 law, was undertaken without determining ‘inadequacy of representation’, ‘backwardness’ and ‘overall efficiency’. The judgement has triggered fear of demotion in their ranks among the employees.

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