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New Delhi, May. 10 (PTI): The Supreme Court was today supplied with the consolidated questions that are likely to be considered if the issue of 27 per cent quota for OBC in elite educational institutions was referred to a Constitution Bench for testing the validity of the controversial law, the implementation of which has been stayed.
Solicitor General G E Vahanvati, who compiled the questions along with senior advocate Harish Salve, placed the compilation before a Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and L S Panta, which yesterday reserved its order on Centre's plea for referring the matter to a larger Bench.
The compilation was done after receiving questions from various contesting parties including the Centre and the anti and pro quota petitioners.
The 35 questions have been placed under seven headings for the perusal of the court and most of the questions were framed keeping in mind the Indra Sawhney (Mandal case) judgement.
On receiving the questions running in eight pages, the Bench in lighter vein observed "we have to do precis".
The court has to dwell on whether the law enabling 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in educational institution, including private aided institution was justified without any time limit and would the concept of 'creamy layer' propounded in the context of public employment in Indra Sawhney be applicable for quota in it.
The data furnished by the government to justify the implementation of the Central Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, forms an important question that would be dealt by the court.

Btw, on a side note I have confirmed call from Indore and may not join.
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prem_ravi Says
Oof..I was out for a meeting & came back Just now...Shocked to see absolute silence..I thought the thread would have run some 2-3 pages...So nothing happened today or what?...

Me, the undying optimist hopes that its a silent before a storm.
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prem_ravi Says
Any additional articles apart from the above..

Order reserved on referring quota issue to constitution bench

The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its order on the union government's plea to refer the issue of quotas for other backward classes (OBC) in centrally funded higher educational institutions to a constitution bench.
The order on assigning the task of examining the legality of the law reserving 27 percent seats for OBC students to a constitution bench was reserved by a bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and L.S. Panta.
It did so after giving a cursory glance to several sets of questions, formulated by various contesting parties for examination by a larger constitution bench.
The bench forwarded those questions to Solicitor General G.E. Vahanvati and senior counsel Harish Salve for compiling in proper format and to avoid repetition.
The judges said there were several overlapping and common questions drafted by the contesting parties and Vahanvati and Salve would sit together to compile them and submit them to the court Thursday.
The bench also gave eight weeks time to the contesting parties to complete their pleadings on the issue of the constitutional validity of the 93rd Amendment Act and the Central Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Act 2006 - that provides for the quotas.
Observing that the questions drafted were indisputably important and of far reaching consequence, the bench said various issues had been formulated by the counsels and it was desirable to consider them before referring the matter to a larger bench.
The court said since all states have been made party to the petition, it would not allow individuals and organisations to be impleaded as parties. However, it allowed recognised political parties like Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal to be heard during the arguments.

(Staff Writer, IANS)
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Another day added :-(. No body is now keen to finish it soon.

DNA - India - SC reserves order on referring quota issue to Const. bench - Daily News & Analysis

SC reserves order on referring quota issue to Const. bench PTI
Wednesday, May 09, 2007 12:08 IST
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the Centre's plea to refer to a Constitution bench the issue of 27 per cent quota for OBC in elite educational institutions like IIMs and IITs.
A Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and LS Panta asked Solicitor General GE Vahanvati and senior advocate Harish Salve to compile the various questions put forward by various contesting parties to be considered by the larger Bench.
The court said since there is overlapping of points on the questions formulated by the contesting parties, the Solicitor General and Salve will sit together to make a compilation of it and place it before the court on Thursday.

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Quota issue: Centre makes plea before constitutional bench

New Delhi, May 08: The Centre today made a fresh plea before the constitution bench on the issue of 27 percent OBC quota in elite educational institutions contending that the two-member bench cannot adjudicate the matter.

As a bench comprising justices Arijit Pasayat and Justice L K Panta, resumed hearing in the matter, Solicitor General G Vahanvati pleaded that the two judge bench cannot adjudicate the matter as it involved a question of constitutional law.

The bench made it clear that it was not averse to referring the matter to a constitution bench. However, it wondered whether the matter required reference to a constitution bench as many acts are routinely assailed before the courts.

In other words, the courts pointed out, that many statutory laws were challenged for their constitutional validity but were not necessarily referred to the constitution bench.

Later the bench posted the hearing in the afternoon.

Bureau Report
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Zee News - HRD Minister confers with legal experts on quota issue

HRD Minister confers with legal experts on quota issue

New Delhi, May 07: Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the contentious OBC quota issue on Tuesday, HRD Minister Arjun Singh conferred with legal experts in New Delhi on Monday evening on how the government should go about the matter which has whipped up a political storm.

Singh discussed the issue with the experts at his residence, ministry sources said. They were, however, tight-lipped on the moves to be followed by the government.

Ending the suspense on admission in IIMs and IITs and other central educational institutions, the government had earlier decided to proceed with the admissions for General, SC and ST categories for the coming academic session without the OBC quota for the moment.

A decision to go ahead with filling the seats in Central government-funded institutions came after the UPA allies and Left parties gave their nod to the proposal to fill the seats as per last year's norms and leave out the enhanced seats to accommodate the 27 per cent OBC quota till the Supreme Court decides the matter.

Under the Centre's formula, 1,24,377 General and SC and ST candidates would be offered admission while 12,216 seats under the expansion programme to accommodate the quota would be filled after the apex court's decision.

Bureau Report
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Since everyone is looking for some snippet of information

Quota: TN can create more seats : SC/ST reservation, Supreme Court, stay, OBC quota, Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi, petition : IBNLive.com : CNN-IBN

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre and the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on a petition filed by an IIM alumni.
The petition challenges the policy of giving 27 per cent reservation to Other Backward Classes in the country.
Despite the notices, the Supreme Court has said that Tamil Nadu can create extra seats for general candidates in educational institutions every year.
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government -- which is supporting the OBC quota -- moved an intervention application through counsel V G Pragasam seeking to be heard in the matter.
Tamil Nadu has claimed that it was a pioneer in extending reservation benefits to the SCs, STs and OBCs in the state and hence its views has to be considered by the Apex Court before passing any judgement.
The Rashtriya Janta Dal -- led by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad -- has also filed a petition seeking to be impleaded in the quota hearing.
SC has listed for May 8 hearing on the Centre's plea for vacating the stay passed by the court against implementation of the quota policy in elite Central educational institutions like IIMs and IITs during the present academic year.
A Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and L K Panta had earlier stayed the implementation of the 27 per cent reservation benefits for OBCs, until the matter was disposed of.
The issue had assumed considerable political overtones with the UPA Government seeking an early hearing of the matter and also urging the apex court to refer the issue to a Constitution Bench since it involved substantive issue of law governing the policy of reservations for various segments of the society.
(With inputs from PTI)

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I have converted only the I call. So they do give confirmed ones.

IIM-B results

me not in :-(. Lets see what happens after 8th

Attaching the list.

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Feels like playing guess the URL. iimb has a likely chance to start with

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