The Supreme Court agreed to hear the Haryana government’s appeal on February 7 against a Punjab and Haryana High Court order granting an interim stay on its law providing 75% reservation in private sector jobs for state residents. A bench led by Chief Justice N V Ramana took note of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s submissions on behalf of the state government and agreed to list the appeal once the high court order was placed on the record.
The submission was accepted by the bench, which also included Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli, and the case was listed. On Thursday, the high court granted an interim stay on the Haryana government law in response to petitions filed by various industry associations from Faridabad and other parts of the state other bodies in the state including Gurgaon.
I’m referring to a case that was heard yesterday in the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court, in which a statutory enactment of the legislature was challenged and a stay was requested. Because I appeared (in HC), I can state that the court proceeded to stay the Act after giving me a 90-second opportunity to be heard. We prepared and filed the SLP today… The law officer stated, “I need to say much more, kindly list it on Monday subject to my placing the order on record.”
According to the counsel for one of the petitioners, the high court accepted multiple petitions challenging the law — Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020. After being notified in November last year, the Act went into effect on January 15 and provides 75 per cent reservation in the private sector to job seekers from the state. It covers jobs with a maximum monthly gross salary or wage of Rs 30,000.
Employers of private sector companies, societies, trusts, limited liability partnership firms, partnership firms, and anyone who employs ten or more people in Haryana on a salary, wage, or other remuneration for the purpose of manufacturing, carrying on business, or rendering any service are subject to the Act. Haryana Governor Hardeep Singh Surjeet Singh Surjeet Singh Surjeet Singh Surje.
The high court stated that the core issue was whether a state could restrict employment based on domicile after hearing all of the arguments. “In these circumstances, we are compelled to stay the Act’s implementation,” the bench wrote in its decision.
The court also noted that the state government had only responded to three petitions and gave it four weeks to file written statements in the other cases. On April 18, 2022, these petitions will be heard. “Though the matter of giving 75 per cent reservation to Haryana’s youth in the private sector has stayed in the High Court, for the time being, the government will firmly stand its ground and fight in the courts Even when the law of educated panchayat was implemented in Haryana, the High Court had imposed a stay.,” said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.