In the matter of 75 percent quota in private sector jobs to the residents of Haryana Government, the Supreme Court has set aside the High Court’s decision to put an interim stay on the law. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has been asked to decide the matter in four weeks. The court has also stayed strict action against companies for not giving quota under the law. The court said that the High Court has not given reasons in the interim stay decision.
A bench comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and PS Narasimha disposed of the special leave petition filed by the State of Haryana against the High Court’s order.
“We do not intend to deal with merits of matter as we propose to request the high court to decide expeditiously and not later than four weeks. Parties are directed not to seek adjournment and be present before court for fixing the schedule for hearing.
“In the meanwhile, Haryana is directed not to take coercive action against employers. The impugned order passed by the high court is set aside as the high court has not given sufficient reasons for staying the legislation,” the bench said.
While Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the Haryana government.
The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act 2020 provided 75% reservation for local people in private sector jobs having a monthly salary of less than Rs 30,000.
Mentioning that the High Court has not recorded any reasons for its stay order, the Supreme Court set it aside and requested the High Court to finally decide the matter within four weeks.
Significantly, the HC on Thursday, giving a setback to the Haryana government, has stayed the decision of 75 percent reservation for the residents of the state in private sector jobs. This order of Haryana was challenged by the Faridabad Industry Association while filing a petition in the High Court and demanded the High Court to cancel it. Hearing the petition, the High Court stayed this order of the government and ordered the government to respond on it.