Legal Battle In Supreme Court

On 26th February, 2010, the State Government filed Special Leave Petitions Nos.7388-97 of 2010 in the Supreme Court against the judgment of the High Court.

On 22nd March, 2010, granted special leave and on 25th March, the SC passed the following interim orders:

“The decision of the Full Bench of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh is challenged before us.

Heard learned Attorney General for India and also Mr.Harish Salve, learned senior counsel for the respondents.

The Act passed  by   the     A.P. Legislature     giving    4% reservation to Group ‘E’ of the Backward Classes was challenged before the High Court and the same was struck down by the High Court on various counts. As several Constitutional issues are involved in these appeals, as an interim measure, we direct that for the time being, reservation of 4% be extended first to the 14 categories mentioned in the Schedule appended to the Act (The   Andhra    Pradesh   Reservation       in   favour   of   Socially   and Educationally Backward Classes of Muslims Act, 2007)(Act No.26 of 2007), excluding creamy layer. This is a temporary measure till the matter is finally decided. These matters are referred to the Constitution Bench to be listed in the 2nd week of August,   2010   along   with   C.A.No.7513/2005 for appropriate directions.”