The Centre on Monday requested the Supreme Court to urgently hear a case relating to reservation of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category in NEET admissions for Post-Graduate medical courses.
A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said it would consult the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and see if a special bench can be constituted for hearing the case tomorrow or the day after.
Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta appearing for Centre told Justice Chandrachud, “There is some urgency. If the court can consider having it tomorrow.” At the request of Mehta, Justice Chandrachud said, “The only thing is that it was a three-judge bench matter. Justice Surya Kant is sitting with the Chief Justice and Justice Vikram Nath on a different Bench. I will have a word with the Chief Justice. I will request the Chief Justice if it is possible administratively to constitute a special bench. I will speak with the CJ immediately at the end of work for today.”
The case is originally slated for hearing on January 6. On December 31, the Centre had filed an affidavit stating that it has decided to stick to the existing criteria of Rs 8 lakh annual income limit for determination of 10 per cent EWS reservation with respect to the ongoing admissions to the NEET postgraduate courses.