KAS double reservation: SC grants Kerala 3-weeks to file affidavit

By B Balagopal/Mathrubhumi News

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Kerala government to inform their stance on the petition against the double reservation in Kerala Administrative Service. The apex court has granted three weeks' time to the state for filing an affidavit on the same.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud declared that the court should carry out a detailed hearing on the stance of the state government as the petition on reservation comes under purview of serving justice to the deserved.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Public Service Commission has filed an affidavit in the apex court informing that the government holds the right to decide on KAS reservation.

Samastha Nair Samajam has moved a petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court order which upheld the government order that approved reservation for government staff in KAS.

Earlier, the Supreme Court directed the government to inform their stance while considering the petitions which alleged double reservation as illegal.

On Tuesday, the lawyer of the Kerala government requested the Supreme Court to grant more time for filing the affidavit.

Following this, the SC has granted three weeks-time to file the affidavit.

The bench headed by justice DY Chandrachud noted that this will be the last chance for the state government to inform their stance on the matter.

The court also granted two weeks to the petitioners for informing their stance on the government’s affidavit.

The Supreme Court informed that the further hearing into the petition will be carried out after 6 weeks.

Amidst this, Kerala PSC has filed an affidavit in the apex court declaring that the state government holds the constitutional right to decide on guidelines for appointment, reservation, eligibility and age limit.

PSC also pointed out that a previous order of the Kerala High Court had declared that the Public Interest Litigation related to service rules will not exist.

Senior advocate Jaydeep Gupta and Standing Consul G Prakash appeared before the court for the Kerala government. Advocate Vipin Nair represented Kerala PSC while senior advocate V Chidambaresh and KV Mohan appeared for Samastha Nair Samajam. Senior advocate Indira Jaysingh appeared before the SC for the defendants in the case.

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