The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would begin arguments on September 13 in the matter relating to the constitutional validity of reservations of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in higher education and issues of public employment on the basis of financial conditions.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit has also listed the matter for September 8 for directions to ensure that the hearing on the matter is conducted smoothly. During the hearing, the court sought to know how many times each party would be taken by all parties. One of the advocates said that the total time requested from the petitioner side is 17.5 hours. The Attorney General said that it would take about 3 hours approximately.
The court said that if the questions arose during the hearing, then it may give some extra time to either side, effectively making it five working days. The court remarked that there were three working days in the first week and two in the second week. The court also requested that counsel not repeat submissions. The constitutional validity of the 103rd Amendment Act, 2019, which enabled the State to make reservations in higher education and matters of public employment on the basis of economic criteria alone, will be the first matter to be examined by a five-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit.
A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice UU Lalit had said earlier that the Janhit Abhiyan case would be the lead matter now. Janhit Abhiyan’s matter relates to the challenging of the constitutional validity of the 103rd Amendment Act, 2019, which enables the State to make reservations in higher education and matters of public employment on the basis of economic criteria alone.