Muslim quota: AP moves SC

March 4, 2010: The Times of India

New Delhi: Stung by the sharp political criticism of not doing enough to make its law giving 4% reservations to Muslims pass the high court scrutiny, the Andhra Pradesh government has appealed in the Supreme Court saying the quota was meant only for the most backward among the minority community. 

Though the move to hurry with the special leave petition against the February 8 judgment of the 7-judge Bench was aimed to quell the frayed tempers among political parties, it resulted in the petition being termed defective by the apex court registry. The defects would now have to be cured by the government counsel when the court reopens after the Holi break. 

What has hurt the Rosaiah government most was the observation in the majority judgment penned by chief justice A R Dave. Justice Dave before striking down the order had caustically said that such a legislation could promote conversion.

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