Hyderabad: A message claiming that the Gujarat High Court has abolished reservation in the state is circulating on social media. It is also being claimed that for the next 25 years, reservation policy will not apply to education, jobs, travelling, hotel booking, and so on. The viral post also has a link to a Times of India article.
The claim reads, "Congratulation, Gujarat has become the first state in the country to completely abolish reservation. Whether it is government jobs or education, reservation has been completely removed." (translated)
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The message had gone viral in 2020, too.
The claim is false. The Gujarat High Court has not given any order to end reservation in the state.
NewsMeter performed a keyword search on Google but could not find any news related to it. If the Gujarat High Court had decided to abolish reservation in the state, it would have been a national issue and all media houses would have reported it. But we could not find any reports to corroborate this viral claim.
We also checked the official website of Gujarat High Court and couldn't find any information which validated the claim.
However, we did find an advertisement for the recruitment of nine English stenographers grade II in the recruitment section of the Gujarat High Court website. The vacancies have been divided according to the reservation categories. It is clear from this that reservation rules are being followed for Gujarat HC appointments.
Further, the viral post also has a link to a Times of India article. We found that the article is from 11 September 2015. It says a Gujarat High Court order had held that those meritorious reserve category candidates (MRCs) who got relief in the upper age category and have scored more than the general category cut-off cannot be kept in the general category. We did not find anything in the article which hints that Gujarat High Court abolished reservation in the state. The article's headline reads, "No benefit of shifting to a general category if quota candidates obtain age relaxation: Gujarat HC".
Therefore, the claim that Gujarat High Court has abolished the reservation system in the state is false.