Only bureaucrats, politicians gain from quotas: Apex court (Lead)

July 21st, 2011 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday said that the benefits of quotas are being cornered by bureaucrats and politicians and don’t reach the people they are intended for.

An apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik said that people who should get the benefits of quotas were not even aware of them.

“It is only the wards of the bureaucrats and people serving in the government who walk away with the benefits of reservation. None of the tribals from Bastar (in Chhattisgarh) ever get reservation benefits as they are not even aware of it,” said Justice Patnaik.

The apex court was hearing a petition alleging flawed implementation of the reservations for other backward classes (OBC) in admission to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)and the Delhi University.

Justice Patnaik said the tragedy was that the benefits of reservation never reach the people who were targetted for socio-economic upliftment as they were not aware of the benefits earmarked for them.

Justice Raveendran said: “You can’t have a situation where on one hand you are giving (reservation) and on the other hand you are taking it away.”

As senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for JNU, sought to explain the three step policy of admitting the OBC students, Justice Raveendran said: “We don’t decide on the concessions and admission procedures (of a particular university) but on legal principles and constitutional provisions.”

The court told Venugopal that he was talking about JNU and Delhi University which attracted a large under of students but “we are talking about the entire country and we have to decide on a larger issue”.

Countering Venugopal’s point, senior counsel A. Suba Rao, appearing for petitioner P.V.Indiresan, said: “What parliament gives can’t be taken away by way of interpretation of the same to knock out OBC students.”

He said that the JNU was following a novel method of admission.

The next hearing in case would continue in the coming week.

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