The Court passed the judgement on a petition moved by candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste communities, who appeared in the NEET 2021 for admission to medical courses in Kerala.
As per the prospectus and various Government Orders, 10 per cent of the seats in government medical colleges are reserved for SC/ST candidates.
However, in Clause 4.1.5 of the Prospectus, the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations imposed a condition that SC/ST candidates shall be allotted seats after leaving the seats set apart for the All-India quota, Government of India Nominees, Special reservations, Persons with Disabilities, all types of supernumerary seats sanctioned, and management quota.
The petitioners contended that the two classes entitled for reservation are discriminated among them and such adoption of criteria lead to a marginal decrease in the available seats for SC/ST candidates. They, therefore, sought quashing of the said clause.