June 10, 2023

 Chhattisgarh High Court has given a big blow to the Bhupesh Baghel government of the state. A bench of High Court Chief Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice PP Sahu has stayed the state government’s decision to make OBC reservation 27 per cent. On October 1, the bench completed the hearing in the petitions and reserved the decision. The reservation limit in the state was raised to 90 percent, which is considered a violation of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution.

After this decision of the court, CM Bhupesh Baghel said that due to the ratio of population of the state, we had increased the reservation limit for the backward class, which was stayed by the court, but our struggle for this will continue. We will present the appropriate evidence and arguments before the court. The state government had issued an ordinance on September 4, 2019, to 27 percent reservation for other backward classes in the state. With this, the total reservation including ST, SC and OBC has increased to more than 82 percent.

Apart from this, reservation is being increased to 90 percent by adding provisions for women, disabled and other categories. The bench of the Chief Justice completed the hearing in all the petitions simultaneously on October 1 and reserved for decision. The data presented by the government is from the central government. Does not apply here. The bench reserved the case for adjudication on Friday. In the presence of the petitioners and advocates of the government, the court passed the interim order and stayed the ordinance of September 4 of the state government. This order of the court is considered as a major setback for the government. Let us tell you that the politics in the state is hot from the beginning.

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