The Punjab and Haryana High Court, on May 26, stayed Haryana government’s decision to grant 10% reservation to Jats and five other communities in the state.
In March 2016, the Haryana Assembly had unanimously passed the Haryana Backward Classes Bill 2016, which promised 10% reservation to Jats, Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis and Muslim Jats.
The decision was taken after the state witnessed days of protests by Jat agitators demanding them reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.
Not only had the agitation for jobs and education benefits turned violent at that time, it had also caused loss of life and extensive damage to properties.
The stay was ordered after a petition was filed by a Bhiwani resident Murari Lal Gupta, who had argued that the Haryana government had violated the basic structure of the Constitution as they had extended the benefit relying on a report (Justice KC Gupta commission report) which was trashed by the Supreme Court itself.
At that time the Supreme Court had ruled that Jats could not be treated as backward.
The High Court has now given the state government till July 21 to file its reply.