"It is just an interim order, let the Bombay High Court decide it," a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said, while refusing to hear a batch of petitions filed by various parties, including the Maharashtra government, on the issue.     

Earlier, the High Court had stayed implementation of the controversial decision of the erstwhile Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra to provide reservation to Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions announced ahead of the state Assembly election.

The bench, also comprising Justice A K Sikri, said, "However, we request the High Court to dispose of the writ petition as expeditiously as possible."
On being told that the single judge bench of the High Court had already opined his views conclusively on the issue in the interim order itself, the bench said that the judge concerned will not hear it now and the plea will be heard by some other judge of the High Court.

The bench then disposed of the matter.
Earlier, the High Court had also stayed the decision to provide five percent reservation to Muslims in government service but had allowed quotas for them in educational institutions.

The High Court had said that as per the Supreme Court directions, reservation cannot exceed 50 percent of the total seats and the Congress-NCP government had, in the run up to the Assembly polls, raised it to 73 percent by announcing 16 percent quotas for Marathas and five percent for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.
The state government had contended in the High Court that the two communities were socially, educationally and economically backward, saying that its decision was based on the report of a committee headed by former Minister Narayan Rane set up to look into the issue.

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