The Supreme Court of India upheld the validity of the 103rd Constitution amendment, which provides a 10% quota to people from economically weaker sections (EWS) in admissions and government posts, by a 3:2 majority vote on Monday, November 7, 2022.
The Supreme Court ruled that the EWS quota statute does not violate the basic foundation of the Constitution. There were four separate judgments on pleas challenging the EWS quota, Chief Justice U U Lalit stated at the opening.
The 103rd constitutional amendment cannot be said to breach the Constitution’s fundamental principles, according to Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, who read the verdict aloud. According to Justice Bela M Trivedi, the 103rd constitutional amendment cannot be overturned since it is discriminatory.
Justice J. B. Pardiwala agreed with them and maintained the constitutionality of the amendment. In a dissenting opinion, Justice S Ravindra Bhat invalidated the constitutional amendment on EWS quotas.
CJI Lalit agreed with Justice Bhat’s judgment.
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