New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ruled that seats remaining vacant after implementation of the 27% quota under a Parliament-enacted legislation would go to students of the ‘general´category.
“There is no no confusion about our judgement that seats which remain vacant after the implementation of the 27% quota will go to the general category,” a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said.
The bench had on 10 April upheld the validity of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act.
The anti-quota petitioners drew the attention of the bench that even after the implementation of the law - the Central Educational Institution (Reservation in admission) - the seats have remained vacant and there was confusion.
“What is the confusion? Both the judgements have clearly stated that the vacant seat will go to the general category,” the bench said referring to the two judgement, one written by Justices Arijit Pasayat and C K Thakker and another written by Justice Dalveer Bhandari.
“This is very clear that the intention was that not to leave the seats vacant. The intention was to give better education,” Pasayat said.
The anti-quota petitioners claimed that 432 seats have remained vacant in the IITs after the implementation of the OBC quota law.
Solicitor General G E Vahanvati said he will get back to the Court after seeking instructions from the Centre whether seats are vacant or not.
The bench posted the matter for further hearing on 29 September.