Topic– Indian polity : Issues
4) Discuss the verdict of SC in Jarnail Singh v. Lachhmi Narrain Gupta and explain the constitutional basis of the verdict?(250 words)
Why this question
Reservation has been a contentious issue in Indian polity, and the issue of reservation in promotions has been under the scanner as a result of the recent SC verdict. The topic is important for mains and needs to be prepared in detail.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain the verdict in this case as well as the verdict in Nagaraj case which has been referred to in the current verdict of SC. We also need to discuss the constitutional principles under question in this case and discuss the safeguards given by the court in reservation in promotions.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Highlight the verdict of the court in Jarnail Singh v. Lachhmi Narrain Gupta case.
- Discuss the verdict of the court in Nagraj case and discuss the safeguards mentioned in that case – the three questions that were to be asked in case of reservation in promotions.
- Discuss the constitutional principles related to reservation in article 16(4) of constitution and how the court has ensured in the present case that the principles enshrined in the article are not violated.
Conclusion – Summarize your answer based on arguments made above and highlight how the constitutional question related to reservation have been settled through this verdict.