New Delhi/Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Government, which has gone in appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge the Jabalpur High Court order declaring as ultra vires and non-est in law the existing provision relating to reservation in promotions (in government service) for state government employees belonging to the SC/ST category, was in the apex court today along with AJJAKS (Anusuchit Jati Janjati Adhikari Karamchari Sangh (Scheduled Castes and Scheduked Tribes Officers and Employees Union) and two individuals with four separate SLPs obviously to delay the hearing in this case.
Representing the Madhya Pradesh Government when the SLPs came up for mentioning in the Supreme Court today was senior Supreme Court Lawyer Harish Salve. Present on behalf of AJJAKS was another senior advocate Indira Jaising. Also present in court to represent the SLPs on behalf of the two individuals were senior lawyers in the Supreme Court KK Venugopal and Sanjay Hegde.
The lawyers present in court on behalf of SAPAKS (Samanya Pichda Alpsankyak Karmachari Sangh), the employees organisation representing the general category, deprived and economically weaker sections and minorites, urged the court to reject the petitions as the issues that were being raised through them were already included in the “Reserservation in Promotion” case.
After hearng all the sides, the court rejected the petition by AJJAKS and directed the others to put forward their case during the hearing in the “reservation in promotion” case scheduled for 7 December.
Later today, SAPAKs held an emergency meeting in the State capital and took the unanimous decision that if the State Government tries to put any hurdle in the hearing in Supreme Court on 7 December, they would be compelled to repeat what they had done after the June 30 Jabalpur High Court order and there would be protest demonstrations against the one-sided stand of the State Government across the state under the banner of SAPAKS.
At the SAPAKS meeting today, a resolution was passed to condemn the unconstitutional stand being taken by the State Government, its blatant support to AJJAKS and the huge expenditure that was being incurred through the public exchequer on hiring lawyers to represent the government in this case.
SAPAKS has also decided that its district bodies and Block level units will forward a fresh memorandum to the Chief Minister through the district collectors and local MLAs to oppose the neglect of the general categories and special treatment being given to the reserved categories.
SAPAKS executive has also announced that it will keep the SAPAKS Samaj informed about the overall damage that is being caused due to the government’s rigid and adamant stand on this issue.
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