New Delhi: The hearing in the Reservation in promotion case arising due to the civil appeal filed in Supreme Court by Madhya Pradesh Government against the Jabalpur High Court decision declaring as null and void a 2002 provision for quota in promotion for the SC/ST government employees once more could not be taken up for hearing today. The Court has fixed February 2 for hearing of this case.
The case was to come up for hearing today as per the daily list of regular hearing matters to be taken up by Court no. 5 of Mr. justice Madan B Lokur and Mr Justice Prafulla C Pant. It was to be taken up after the part-heard civil appeal 3560 of 2008 with 3561/ 2008.
While the Court was still proceeding with the part-heard civil appeal 3560, the advocates representing the State Government said one of their senior counsel was caught up in traffic jam and then they requested for adjourining the case till March on the ground that senior Advocate Harish Salve would not be able to represent the State Government as he would be abroad.
As the advocates representing the respondents -the employees and officers belonging to the unreserved category, who have been affected by the Madhya Pradesh provision for Reservation in promotion – objected to the plea for extending the date of hearing till March, the Court said there would be no further adjournments and fixed February 2 as the next date of hearing