The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Union Government to explain the criterion for fixing Rs.4,50,000 as the minimum annual income for the people among the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to be regarded as creamy lawyer, who would not be eligible for various benefits under reservations quota, including those in state jobs or admission in educational institutions.
A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam issued the notice to the central government seeking within four weeks its rational behind its Oct 13 order that raised the income criterion to Rs. 4,50,000 from Rs. 2,50,000.
The bench issued the notice on two petitions, one by noted academician P.V. Indiresan and the other by civil rights body Nair Service Society, questioning the government notification.