Maratha Kranti Morcha accuses Maharashtra govt of mismanagement, lack of coordination

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More
| Pune |

October 27, 2020 11:13:17 pm

Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, the thirteenth direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

The Maratha Kranti Morcha has accused the state authorities of “mismanagement” and “lack of coordination” after the Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the listening to within the Maratha reservation case for 4 weeks.

In the primary listening to, which was scheduled for Tuesday, after the apex court docket stayed the implementation of the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) Act, senior counsel for the state Mukul Rohtagi was not current, stated Vinod Patil, one of the respondents nearly current for the listening to.

The SC then adjourned the listening to for a while. “Two hours later, when Rohtagi appeared for the hearing, the court asked whether it had heard their matter. Rohtagi said the SC itself had referred the matter to the constitution bench and the government had sought a hearing by the larger constitution bench. The court then adjourned the hearing for four weeks,” Patil stated.

Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, the thirteenth direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who was additionally current for the web listening to and is spearheading the Maratha neighborhood’s combat for reservation, stated adjournment of the listening to would additional delay the ultimate verdict within the case and can hit the coed neighborhood and unemployed youth.

Blaming the state equipment, Sambhajiraje stated, “What we witnessed today was total mismanagement and lack of coordination on part of state officials and lawyers. Today’s hearing was supposed to be about lifting the stay on the SEBC Act. Instead, the discussion was about referring the matter to a larger constitution bench,” he stated.

Sambhajiraje stated the SC had granted keep to the SEBC Act on September 16. “After a few days, the state government sent a letter to the Supreme Court demanding that the matter be referred to the appropriate bench. But today, they demanded that the matter should be referred to the larger constitution bench. They could have made this demand when they sent the letter demanding setting up of an appropriate bench. What is an appropriate bench? There is no such definition of appropriate bench,” he stated.

Calling the adjournment of the listening to as “most unfortunate”, he stated, “Senior lawyer is not present in the court. Even juniors were not present in the court. We didn’t know what was happening. We wondered whether the state government is serious about Maratha reservation.”

Responding to the assertion of minister Ashok Chavan, who’s the chair of the sub-committee for Maratha reservation, Sambhajiraje stated, “If he (Chavan) wants to resign as chairman of the sub-committee, it is his call. Who are we to decide?”

After the SC adjourned the listening to, Chavan had stated if the chief minister wished, he may take away him because the chair of the sub-committee. “If I am removed, I have no problems. I will continue to work with honesty for the Maratha community as one of its members,” he stated in response to the demand from a bit of Maratha coordinators.

Rajendra Kondhare, one other key Maratha coordinator, stated, “I think the state lawyers were confused as to whether to go before the same bench to get the stay lifted or to go before the larger bench. Some lawyers were of the opinion that the state should go to the same bench, while others advised to go before a larger bench. In this confusion, the lawyers failed to come up with a strategy.”

Kondhare stated if the state authorities had intimated earlier that they wished to go earlier than a bigger bench, the listening to may have been cancelled and the bigger bench may have heard the case. “Precious time could have been saved,” he added.

Kondhare additionally stated the adjournment had put the Maratha neighborhood, particularly kids, in a spot of trouble. “The delay is causing pain to the community, the state government needs to act with seriousness and purpose and seek proper advice from top experts,” he added.

Patil stated, “Lakhs of students from the Maratha community seeking admission in Class XI, medical or postgraduate, were waiting with great anticipation for the final hearing today. They were all disappointed.”

Patil stated it was as much as the state authorities to offer justice to those college students. “On behalf of the state government, I request the chief minister to use discretionary powers to do justice to these students seeking admission till the final verdict arrives.”

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