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Teacher quota: Supreme Court seeks answers from Centre, CBSE, council

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna sought responses before July 1

By Our Legal Correspondent in New Delhi
  • Published 17.05.19, 7:35 AM
  • Updated 17.05.19, 7:35 AM
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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre, the CBSE and the National Council for Teacher Education to respond to a plea seeking 10 per cent reservation for the economically weak among unreserved categories in the 2019 Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET).

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna sought responses before July 1 but did not pass any directive.

“There is no urgency… this is only an eligibility test,” the bench told advocate Pushkar Sharma who appeared for the petitioner, Rajneesh Kumar Pandey, and others who sought interim directives to the authorities to grant them relief by way of reservation in the July 7 CTET exam.

Justice Banerjee, heading the bench, made the observation when Sharma said SC/STs and OBCs would get 5-7.5 per cent relaxation in marks.The court said the constitutional amendment providing for 10 per cent reservation to the economically weak was an enabling provision that had to be followed by notifications in specific cases while pointing out that there was a distinction between an enabling provision and a mandatory provision.