NEW DELHI :
The Centre on Monday asked the Supreme Court to refer to a seven-judge bench a petition seeking to exclude the creamy layer of Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes from the benefits of reservation.
The petition was filed by O.P. Shukla, the president of the National Coordination Committee for Reservation Policy and president of the All India Harijan League. The plea sought substantive equality among the SC and ST communities under Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution, to enable proper distribution of benefits of affirmative actions to the genuinely needy SC/ST candidates after removing those who longer remain identified with the term “backward classes", specifically to SCs/STs.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant said it will decide on whether it can be referred to a larger bench after two weeks.