ShivrajBhopal: Within few hours after the Madhya Pradesh High Court set aside the provision of reservations in promotion in the state government services, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said his government will move to the Supreme Court challenging the order. While talking to media persons, Chouhan said that his government is in favour of reservation in promotions and we will be appealing in the Supreme Court against the High Court ruling.
Notably, the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) in a landmark judgment on Saturday set aside the provision of reservations in promotion in the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Rules, 2002. The court said all the promotions granted according to 2002 rules would be invalid. The ruling of the division bench of Chief Justice Ajay Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav came while hearing the public interest litigations (PIL) filed by RB Rai, Santosh Kumar, SC Pandey and others.
The petitioners had challenged 2002 rules on the ground that they were not in conformity with the guidelines given by the Supreme Court in the M Nagraj Vs Union of India (2006). The court in its order said, “The existing provision relating to reservation, backlog vacancies, carry forward of backlog vacancies. contained in the Rules of 2002 runs contrary to the constitutional provisions contained in clause (4A) and (4B) of Article 16 and Article 335 and law predicated in M Nagraj.”