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SC flays Centre over pvt college issue

August 23, 2005 13:01 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday severely criticised the Centre for being extremely critical of the recent seven-judge bench judgment declaring that there should be no reservation or state quota in private unaided professional colleges.

"Why are we told time and again by the government that it is not taking a confrontationist attitude? Who is taking a confrontationist attitude?" a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice R C Lahoti asked Attorney General Milan Banerjee during a hearing of a petition seeking Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians.

The court said that what the seven-judge bench ruled was a reiteration of the eleven-judge bench judgement and the five-judge bench judgement thereafter. "If this is the attitude of the government to go after a judgement without understanding it, then wind up the courts and do whatever you want," the chief justice said.

When the Attorney General and Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam said that they respect the courts, the bench said, "Should you not tell your clients to give the respect the court's deserve?" The bench said if this is the attitude of the government towards the court, then "we will go on doing our duty and let them do theirs".

The court said both the eleven-judge and five-judge bench judgements followed by the seven-judge bench judgement told the government to come out with a legislation. "You are talking about confrontation," the bench asked, indicating the government had failed to understand the seven-judge bench judgement.

The court, taking exception to the tenor of the statements emerging out of the covernment on the seven-judge bench judgement, said, "You must advise the govenment to exercise self-restraint."

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Number of User Comments: 8

Sub: SC did a nice job

SC had give a nice judjement regards to reservation in Pvt caooleges, reallya bit nut as to bright students who face the compettion adn succd ...

Posted by Kiran

Sub: Pvt college: SC flays centre

The govt, run by imperious, arrogant, megalomanic and self-seeking netas always seek to intrude and impose itself into every facet of life in this god-forsaken ...

Posted by labrea

Sub: I'm with the Courts on this!

It's been almost sixty years since the reservation policy was adopted. All its done is created a greater divided and acrimonious nation seeing less meritorious ...

Posted by Gauraj

Sub: Its time we stick my SC -- for once reservation is getting wiped out

Goverment till toady have been doing what british have - DIVIDE and RULE. What British did is acceptable since they were foriginers and in no ...

Posted by manish

Sub: quota

I request Indian govt to mention OC/BC/MBC/SC etc etc in Passport also, to enable to get job in foreign countries also.

Posted by m.rajendran


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