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HC scraps OBC status of several classes in Bengal; benefits obtained already not to be affected

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May 22, 2024 04:33 PM IST

HC scraps OBC status of several classes in Bengal; benefits obtained already not to be affected

Kolkata, The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday struck down the OBC status of several classes in West Bengal, finding such reservations under an Act of 2012 to vacancies in services and posts in the state illegal.

HC scraps OBC status of several classes in Bengal; benefits obtained already not to be affected
HC scraps OBC status of several classes in Bengal; benefits obtained already not to be affected

Passing judgment on petitions challenging the provisions of the Act, the court clarified that the services of citizens of the struck-down classes, who are already in service or have availed the benefit of reservation or have succeeded in any selection process of the state will not be affected by the order.

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The judgment will impact a sizeable number of people in the state, according to a lawyer involved in the matter.

The court struck down several classes for reservation as Other Backward Classes given under The West Bengal Backward Classes Act, 2012.

In the judgement, the division bench comprising justices Tapabrata Chakraborty and Rajasekhar Mantha clarified that the executive orders of the state government classifying 66 classes of OBC before 2010 were not interfered with, since these were not challenged in the petitions.

The bench directed that the state's executive orders classifying 42 classes as OBCs from March 5, 2010, to May 11, 2012, were also quashed, with prospective effect, in view of the illegality of the reports recommending such classification.

The bench said that the opinion and advice of the Backward Classes Commission is ordinarily binding on the state legislature under the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.

The bench directed the Backward Classes Welfare Department of the state, in consultation with the Commission, to place a report before the legislature with recommendations for inclusion of new classes or for exclusion of remaining classes in the state list of OBCs.

This article was generated from an automated news agency feed without modifications to text.

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