The court said reservation should be applied in a limited sense, otherwise it will perpetuate casteism in the country. The SC ruled that “the State is not bound to make reservation for SC/ST in matter of promotions. In other words, the court extended the creamy layer principle to SCs and STs too. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, contended that “once the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes have been set out in the Presidential List, they shall be deemed to be Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and the said List cannot be altered by anybody except Parliament under Articles 341 and 342”. It said that the creamy layer principle — of excluding the affluent among these communities from availing the benefit —will apply.
Source: Indian Express December 08, 2019 22:52 UTC