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Advocate to challenge state’s quota ordinance

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : May 20, 2019, 6:21 am IST
Updated : May 20, 2019, 6:21 am IST

Mr Sadavarte has written a letter to governor Vidyasagar Rao requesting him not to sign the state’s ordinance.

Ch. Vidyasagar Rao
 Ch. Vidyasagar Rao

Mumbai: Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte will challenge the ordinance passed by the state government recently to grant reservation to 250 Maratha postgraduate medical and dental students this year.

Mr Sadavarte is the first petitioner who had filed a petition against the Maratha quota and he was also attacked outside the high court after the completion of the Maratha petition hearing.

Mr Sadavarte has written a letter to governor Vidyasagar Rao requesting him not to sign the state’s ordinance. He also stated in the letter Mr Rao should think before using his power under Article 213.

The state Cabinet on Friday approved an ordinance to uphold the admission of all the postgraduate medical and dental Maratha students on Friday who were affected by the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap admissions under the Socially and Education-ally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act for this year. The ordinance will give the SEBC Act a retrospective effect following which the admission will be upheld.

The ordinance will be sent to the governor for his approval. The state has also decided to seek 217 additional seats, including 22 for dental courses, and has given an approval in principle to provide scholarship to the open category students who are seeking admission in a deemed university (private
colleges).

Last month, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has set aside Maratha reservation in medical postgraduation courses and kept Maratha reservation seats for all open category students. While giving the order, the high court had considered the state’s earlier ordinance, under which it assured that the admissions to courses that were started before implementing Maratha reservation would be barred from the reservation.

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