Andhra Pradesh’s Muslim quota temporarily allowed

August 5th, 2008 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday temporarily allowed the Andhra Pradesh government to reserve four percent seats for Muslim students in various professional colleges of the state. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan allowed the state government to reserve seats for Muslim students in the state’s professional colleges for the current academic sessions.

The bench, which also included Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice J.M. Panchal, however, said that the fate of Muslim students, now enjoying reservation, would be subjected to the Andhra Pradesh High Court ruling on the legality of the state law that sets aside quota for Muslim students.

A seven-judge bench of the high court is currently examining the legality of the state law. But it has not suepended the operation of the law.

The apex court temporarily allowed the quota on a plea by the state government that the high court was yet to deliver its ruling, while the new academic session has begun.

The apex court last September stayed the Andhra Pradesh law on reservation for Muslims and asked the high court to examine its legality at the earliest. But the high court is yet to finish the task.

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