The supreme overruled a decision made by the UPA government last March which classified the Jat community as an Other Backward Class (OBC) member. This scrapping applies to nine states. The decision was made on the argument that caste alone cannot decide the position of a community. Such a categorization would deprive communities more in need of the reservation privileges.
The states this ruling applies to are Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
“Possible wrong inclusion of a caste in the OBC list in the past cannot be the basis of further wrong inclusions. We hold that a politically organised class like Jat community cannot be given reservation,” the SC bench remarked.
They also criticized the Centre for overlooking ten-year old data that confirms this judgement. Another point they highlighted was the fact that many minorities that have since been bettered continue to be classified as backward classes.
Speculation spread last year that Narendra Modi’s support of the decision to include the Jats was offered for the gaining of political mileage.