The NDA government moved the Apex Court days after a meeting a Jat delegation had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who assured the community leaders that his dispensation would
try to find a solution within the legal framework.

The Centre, in its review plea, has said "the Centre's power to make available quota for a community is not dependent on the advice of the National Commission for Backward Classes

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh said the review plea was filed on Wednesday. While dismissing a petition by a group of Jat students seeking benefits of reservation under the OBC category in post-graduate medical and dental courses two days ago, the apex court, however, said the NCBC's recommendations would be ordinarily binding on the government.

The government's plea further affirmed the test laid down by the Apex Court in the Mandal judgement for determination of "social, educational and economic backwardness" of Jats had
been complied with.

The decision to include Jats in Central OBC list was taken after various state panels furnished reports favouring the inclusion, it added.

Earlier, a bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman, setting aside the March 4, 2014 notification that had enabled Jats to claim reservation in nine states, had said that "possible wrong inclusions" cannot be the basis of further inclusion, and reservation should be given only to the "most distressed".

The Jats were included in the central list OBCs for getting reservation in states like Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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