The Hindu News Update Service
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.