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Kolkata HC stays OBC reservation in IIM-C

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday stayed quota for OBCs in post- graduate courses in Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and stopped the interview of OBC candidates for admission.

Justice Maharaj Sinha, in an ex-parte interim order, granted the stay on a petition by Sayan Guha, a B-Tech student challenging the HRD ministry’s memorandum and also the IIM-C interview scheduled for Thursday.

The interim order stayed till June 9 the operation of the reservation clause of IIM prospectus and also the resolution of office memorandum dated April 20, 2008 passed by the HRD ministry.

Guha’s counsels Kishore Dutta and Nilava Bandopadhyay told the court that the office memo and the subsequent reservation clause were in violation of the April 10 Supreme Court order on reservation of OBCs that had set a yardstick for such quotas and defined that the creamy layer would be out of the purview of reservation.

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