Union of India vs Satya Prakash - Supreme Court Case 2006
Supreme Court Important Case Judgment - Union of India vs Satya Prakash
On 5th April, 2006, a two Judges Bench in Union of India & Anr. vs Satya Prakash & Ors. [Civil Appeal Nos. 5505-5507 of 2003] considered the question as to whether Other Backward Class (OBC) candidates selected for civil services posts on merit and placed in the list of open category candidates could still for the purpose of placement (preference) be considered to be OBC candidates thereby exhausting the quota reserved for relaxed OBC candidates from allocation of service.
Interpreting the Civil Services Examination (CSE) Rules, 1996, the Bench held that “by opting for a preference, the quota reserved for OBC candidate does not exhaust.” It held that “while a reserved category candidate recommended by the Union Public Service Commission without resorting to the relaxed standard will have the option of preference from the reserved category recommended by the Commission by resorting to relaxed standard, but while computing the quota/percentage of reservation he/she will be deemed to have been allotted seat as an open category candidate (i.e. on merit) and not as a reserved category candidate recommended by the Commission by resorting to relaxed standard.”
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