The Supreme Court will hear a plea today challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to grant 16 per cent quota to Marathas in jobs and education in the state.
The apex court, while dismissing an appeal against the order, had earlier asked the Bombay High Court to expeditiously decide the issue.
Reservation in jobs for Marathas: Know about the recent development
Earlier, in an interim order, the Bombay High Court had stayed the decision after faulting the data used by the state to back its assertion that the Maratha community was backward
It had also put on hold the five per cent quota in public employment under a special backward class category to about 50 sub-castes among Muslims
However, the Bombay High Court had not disturbed a similar benefit for the backward Muslims in state-owned or aided educational institutions
Before the 2014 assembly elections, the erstwhile Congress- NCP government took a decision to grant reservation to Marathas and Muslims.