India Education
Apex court to take up quota plea at 2 p.m.
Apr 18, 2007 - 12:53:59 PM

New Delhi, April 18 - The Supreme Court Wednesday said it take up at 2 p.m. the union government's plea to revive quotas for other backward classes - students in centrally funded higher educational institutions.

As Solicitor General G.E. Vahanvati approached the apex court bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and L.S. Panta and formally informed it about the government's application for revival of the caste-based quota law, suspended March 29, the judges asked him to approach the court at 2 p.m.

The bench told him that it wanted to have a look at the petition before fixing the date for its hearing.

The government is seeking an early hearing of its petition seeking vacation of the court's March 29 order and revival of the quota law.

Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan had Tuesday constituted the requisite bench of Justices Pasayat and Panta to facilitate early hearing of the government's plea. The same bench had stayed the law March 29.

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