New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday will deliver its verdict on the implementation of 27 per cent reservation for the Other Backward Class (OBC) category in premier institutes of higher education.
The apex court had stayed the implementation of quotas last year asking the government to clarify the criteria on which reservation should be granted.
Initially, a bench of two judges heard the matter, but later a five-judge bench was set up to decide the issue.
"The hon'ble Chief Justice has clearly stated that once the stay has been passed, they are not going to interfere and vacate the stay," advocate for petitioners M L Lahoti said.
This judgment comes at a very crucial time, especially for the UPA Government, which has wanted to cash the OBC reservations.
The judgement was reserved last year after marathon arguments for and against the Union government's notification on this reservation policy.
The notification had led to nationwide agitation by the anti-reservation camps. Health services were paralysed and the Supreme Court had to intervene to restore health services in the country.
A batch of petitions was filed challenging the reservation policy on the grounds that it will divide the country along caste lines.
If the SC gives the law a green signal, the judgement could prove to be a major boost for UPA.
(With inputs from Devika Malik)