SC upholds quashing of 10.5 per cent special reservation to Vanniyars in Tamil Nadu
The Bench of Justices M Duraiswamy and K Murali Shankar of the High Court termed the legislation unconstitutional.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Madras High Court's decision to quash a State quota law that provided a 10.5 per cent special reservation to Vanniyars, a backward community in Tamil Nadu
In November 2021, the Madras high court had set aside legislation granting a 10.5 per cent reservation to the Vanniyar community within the existing 20 per cent quota for the most backward classes (MBC) in Tamil Nadu.
The Bench of justices M Duraiswamy and K Murali Shankar of the High Court termed the legislation unconstitutional.
The previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-led government passed the Vanniyar Reservation Act in February 2021 before the model code of conduct came into effect ahead of the assembly polls held in April.
The AIADMK, under the pressure of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a caste-based party with Vanniyars as its core vote bank, had introduced the quota. PMK was a part of the AIADMK ruling alliance.