“We are prima facie satisfied that there is material to take the decision to include Jats in the OBC category,” the Apex Court said.

The Supreme Court had earlier sought explanation from the Centre for allegedly ignoring the advice of a statutory body to keep the community away from reservation benefits.
 
The Apex Court had stated that the matter was serious and it would like to peruse the files containing the materials to know whether there was application of mind or not for coming out with the March 4 notification to include Jat community in the OBC list.
The Apex Court had said that it would consider the plea for stay of the notification after examining the materials and also sought the assistance of Attorney General GE Vahanvati.
    
The notification included Jat community in OBC list in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan (two districts of Bharatpur and Dholpur), Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
    
Senior advocate KK Venugopal, appearing for OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti, an organization of members of Communities which are included in the Central List of Backward Classes, alleged that it is an ‘outrageous notification’ issued in haste with ‘vote bank’ politics in mind.
    
"Before the election, a largesse is given by political party in power to purchase votes," Venugopal submitted and elaborated how ‘illegal and arbitrarily’ the Union government ignored National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) advice which is binding on it to include the Jats in the OBC list.     

The senior advocate said Jats will be like a ‘creamy layer’ in the OBC list and will take away the seats and posts in schools, colleges and government jobs from other community.

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