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The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court directed the tehsildars to issue Economically Backward Class (EWS) certificates to the students after verifying their bona fides, in a relief to students from the Maratha Community aspiring to join various undergraduate professional courses under the government quota.
The student petitioners approached the High Court after the Tehsildar refused to grant EWS certificate to them because of which they could not complete the admission process. The Court observed that Maratha caste was categorised as SEBC and a government resolution of July 28, 2020 passed by the Maharashtra Government clearly stated that a person from reserved category cannot apply under EWS. However, the Apex Court had stayed the implementation of SEBC quota on September 9 and had referred the issue of constitutional validity of SEBC Act to a larger bench.
The High Court, therefore, ordered the Tehsildar to give EWS certificate to the petitioners if they can provide that they are eligible for the same.