Supreme Court changes combination of Judges in Bench for EWS quota case hearing

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: January 05, 2022 at 14:48 IST

The Supreme Court of India on January 5, 2022 changed the combination of Judges that were supposed to be in the Supreme Court Bench for the hearing of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) case, on January 5, 2022 itself.

The Supreme Court earlier published that there would be a Three-Judge Special Bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud for the hearing of the Economically Weaker Section quota case. However, the Apex Court changed the number of Judges from three to two.

Previously the Bench comprised of Justices D Y Chandrachud, A S Bopanna and Surya Kant. Now the Supreme Court Bench includes only Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna as Justice Surya Kant would be in a separate Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India N V Ramana.

The sudden changes by the Supreme Court comes in the matter related to the criteria of identification of Economically Weaker Section for reservation in the Post Graduate courses in medical colleges under counselling of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), which has been changed by the Central Government starting from the next academic year.

On January 4, 2022 the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta approached the Supreme Court in order to change the date of hearing of the aforementioned case from January 6, 2022 to January 5, 2022.

The Union Government represented by the Solicitor General sought the immediate change for the Resident Doctors who were protesting against the late counselling session of NEET for the doctors applying for post-graduation in medical colleges.

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