Published On: October 13, 2021 at 12:26 IST
The High Court of Bombay at Goa struck down Goa Government’s notification, that reserved 41% Post Graduate (PG) seats in the State quota for Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates at Goa Medical College (GMC) and Goa Dental College (GDC) from the 2021-22 academic year.
The Court quashed the State’s May 4, 2020 notification that reserved 12% PG medical seats for ST’s, 2% for SC’s and 27% for OBC’s and was partly based on recommendations of the Goa Commission for OBC.
“Such serious decision to reserve 415 of the State quota seats to PG courses at GMC ought to have preceded by applications of mind to a host of relevant considerations referred to in a plethora of decisions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the subject as well as the considerations flagged by the Dean of GMC in his letter.” Justice M S Sonak and Justice M S Jawalkar said in the judgement.
Consecutive to Court’s decision, Congress attacked the ruling BJP for its incapacity to defend in Court caste-based reservation in PG medical colleges.