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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Final hearing in quota case on January 23

J. Venkatesan
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday posted for final hearing on January 23 a batch of appeals against a Kerala High Court judgment directing the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) to follow the rules of reservation in appointments in the State and subordinate services in the ratio of 50:50 for merit and quota candidates, taking 20 vacancies as a unit.

A Bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice J.M. Panchal, while fixing the appeals filed by the PSC, Nair Service Society (NSS) and others for final hearing on January 23, asked the Kerala government to file its response to the appeals seeking stay of the impugned judgment dated May 23, 2008. Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal appeared for NSS, senior counsel, T.L. Viswanatha Iyer for the PSC and senior counsel P.P. Rao for the State government.

In its appeal, the PSC submitted that the Constitutional validity of Rule 14(a) and (c) had not been challenged before the High Court in the writ proceedings.

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