A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitution amendment bill that reserves 10 per cent quota for poorer sections in the general category. A petition filed by a group, Youth for Equality and Dr Kaushal Kant Mishra, said the amendment violates the 50 per cent ceiling that had been laid down by the Supreme Court.
The petition says each of the four provisions that are being introduced in the Constitution violate one or the other basic feature and should not be allowed. A 13-judge Constitution Bench of the top court in 1973 had propounded the “basic structure” doctrine, holding that Parliament can amend the Constitution but not alter its basic or essential features.
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