A special division bench of Justice M Duraiswamy and Justice K Murali Shankar passed the order while allowing a batch of pleas challenging the exclusive reservation for vanniyar within the most backward communities.
After the order was passed, advocate K Balu representing a group of petitioners supporting the reservation requested the court to suspend the order at least for a week for them to move an appeal in the Supreme Court.
“If the order is not suspended, it will affect the prospects of students who have secured admission under the reservation,” he said.
Refusing to accept the same, the bench said, “It has been made clear through an interim order that admissions and appointments made providing the reservation will be subject to the outcome of the pleas. Suspending the order will only complicate the issue.”
The issue pertains to a legislation passed by the then AIADMK government minutes before the model code of conduct came into force ahead of the assembly election.
Subsequently, a series of PILs were moved in the high court challenging the validity of such exclusive reservation for the vanniyar community.
The petitioners, including associations of various communities falling under the MBC category, contended that if the reservation was allowed to be implemented, vanniyars and other sub-castes that come under vanniyakula kshatriya community would enjoy exclusive 10.5% reservation in admission to higher education and government services while other 25 castes under MBC and 68 castes under DC will have to share 7% of the remaining reservation.
This exclusive reservation would affect the development of the state besides developing enmity among communities falling under MBC category, the petitioners said.