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Supreme Court cancels 10.5% reservation given to Vanniyar, a most backward community in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, March 31 (Agency)

The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside 10.5 per cent reservation given to Vanniyar, a most backward community (MBC) in Tamil Nadu, in government jobs and admission in educational institutions. Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice B. R. Gavai’s bench upheld the order of the Madras High Court, which quashed the reservation. The bench said, “We are of the opinion that there is no sound ground to classify the Vanniyakul Kshatriyas in one group to treat them differently from the rest of the 115 communities of the MBC groups and hence the 2021 Act under Articles 14, 15 of the Constitution.” and a violation of 16. Therefore, we uphold the decision of the High Court.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly had in February last year passed a bill introduced by the then ruling AIADMK to provide 10.5 per cent reservation to the Vanniyar community. The current DMK government passed an order in July 2021 for its implementation. It split the total 20 per cent reservation given to MBCs and re-grouped the castes into three separate categories and provided 10 per cent sub-reservation to Vanniyar. Vanniyar was earlier known as Vanniyakula Kshatriya.

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