New Delhi: Again there was no hearing in Supreme Court today in the Reservation in Promotion case linked with hundreds of thousand Madhya Pradesh Government employees belonging to the unreserved category who have been denied promotion since 2002 due to a discriminatory provision in favour of those belonging to the SCs and STs (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes).
The Jabalpur High Court had scrapped the Madhya Pradesh provision for reservation in promotion for SCs and STs on April 30 last year. Within days of the High Court order which also sought the retrenchment of those promoted under the illegal promotion rules, to be precise on May 10, 2016, the State Government went in appeal to the apex court challenging this order. The State government and others are appellants while RB Rai and others are respondents in this case.
Almost every time, this case has come up for hearing in the Supreme Court, the State Government has tried its best to adjourn or advance the hearing on one or the other pretext. Today also the advocates representing the State Government adopted the same tactics.
Today, when the matter came up before a two Judge bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta, the Court ordered the listing of the matters before a Bench in which one of the Judges (Deepak Gupta) is not a member. The order also said that this case be tagged with SLP(C) No.19765-19767 of 2015.
SLP (Civil) 19765-19767 of 2015 has been converted to Civil Appeal 4562-4564 of 2017. This case arises out of impugned final judgment and order of April 9, 2015 in WPC No. 109/2011, WPC No. 124/2012, WPC No. 189/2011 passed by the High Court Of Tripura At Agartala. The State of Tripura and others are Petitioners in this case while Jayanta Chakraborty and other are respondents.
On March 27, a two judge Bench comprising Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao had ordered the listing of this case on August 10, 2017.