Maratha reservation: Cabinet sub-committee meets senior lawyers ahead of July 7 hearing in SC

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 5, 2020 2:48:55 am Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Ashok Chavan. (File) A Cabinet sub-committee, headed by Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Ashok Chavan, held a meeting through...

Maratha reservation: Cabinet sub-committee meets senior lawyers ahead of July 7 hearing in SC
By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 5, 2020 2:48:55 am
Ashok chavan, maharashtra cabinetb sub meeting, maratha reservation, supreme court, maratha reservation hearing, indian express news Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Ashok Chavan. (File)

A Cabinet sub-committee, headed by Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Ashok Chavan, held a meeting through video-conference with senior counsels, including Mukul Rohatgi, to discuss the issues of Maratha reservation ahead of the Supreme Court (SC) hearing on July 7.

“The Maratha reservation Bill has been passed in the state legislature unanimously. The government will defend its stand strongly in the Supreme Court,” Chavan said.

The sub-committee, the minister added, reviewed the state’s preparedness to defend the Maratha quota decision in the Supreme Court. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and BJP MP Samabhaji Raje have also been apprised of discussions of the meeting, Chavan said.

A petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging admissions to postgraduate medical and dental courses in the state and the pending petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Maratha quota in jobs and education are likely to come up during the hearing on Tuesday, sources said.

Apart from Rohatgi, senior lawyers Paramjit Singh Patwalia, Vijaysinh Thorat and others were present at the meet Saturday. Members of Cabinet sub-committee, including state Ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Eknath Shinde, and Dilip Walse Patil, were also present along with senior government officials.