Hyderabad: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in the case of 4 per cent Muslims reservation in Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh by a week.
The case was listed for Tuesday before a Bench consisting of Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Indira Banarjee, Justice Vineet Saran, Justice MR Shah and Justice Anirudh Bose, Congress leader Mohammad Ali Shabbir.
Senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan represented the case on behalf of Backward Classes Department, Telangana State government. Senior advocates Salman Khursheed and Shakeel Ahmed were present as counsel of senior Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir in the Supreme Court. The case was adjourned for a week following request by Rajiv Dhawan on behalf of all petitioners.
The 5 per cent reservation for Muslims in jobs and education was given by the then Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh late YS Rajashekar Reddy in 2004. However, the quota was reduced to 4 per cent following directions from the AP High Court. This was again challenged in the High Court and was struck down. The State government then approached the Supreme Court seeking stay.
The Supreme Court granted stay on implementation of 4 per cent Muslim reservation on March 25, 2010, and ordered continuation of quota for 14 categories listed under BC-E Group until further orders and referred the matter to a Constitutional Bench.