I am the govt and I want to give promotion as per constitutional mandate says ASG; SC allows reservation in promotion to SC/ST
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 06, Jun 2018, 10:23 am IST | UPDATED: 07, Jun 2018, 13:58 pm IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Centre to go ahead with reservation in promotion for SC/ST employees in accordance with the law. A vacation bench of judges Adarsh Kumar Goel and Ashok Bhushan accepted the Centre’s submission that the entire process of promotion has come to a standstill due to the orders passed by various high courts and the apex court.
Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh told the bench that there were separate verdicts by the high courts of Delhi, Bombay and Punjab & Haryana and the apex court had also passed different orders on appeals filed against those judgments.
“How the promotion is taking place as of now?” the bench asked. “They are not. It is all standstill. This is the problem. I am the government and I want to give promotion as per constitutional mandate,” the ASG replied. To this, the court said, “We will say you (Centre) can go ahead with promotion in accordance with law.”
“It is made clear that the Union of India is not debarred from making promotions in accordance with law, subject to further orders, pending further consideration of the matter,” Justice Goel observed.
Mr. Singh said the petition before the Bench was the Centre’s challenge to the Delhi High Court’s verdict of August 23 last, quashing the government order extending reservation in promotion to employees of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes beyond five years from November 16, 1992.
The Centre cited the apex court’s 2006 judgment in the M Nagaraj case, which had said creamy layer cannot be applied to SC/ST for promotions in government jobs.
Singh said another bench of the apex court had earlier said a five-judge Constitution bench would examine whether the M Nagaraj judgment needs to be reviewed. He also referred to Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution, which enables the state to provide for reservation in matters of promotion to SC/ST employees, which in its opinion were not adequately represented in the services.