New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay Centre’s decision to give 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to economically weaker section of the general category.  The apex court has posted the matter for further hearing on March 28.

While senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan argued that the matter needs to be heard by a Constitution bench, the top court said that it will consider if the issue needs to go before the Constitution bench.

“Will hear plea for referring issue of quota to general category poor to Constitution bench on March 28,” the SC bench said. The Supreme Court has also asked all the parties to file a written note.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued the notice to the Centre on the plea filed by businessman and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawala. “At this stage, we are not inclined to pass any order,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Poonawala, had then told the bench that his only grievance at this stage was that this quota should not breach the ceiling of 50 per cent as mandated by the apex court.

Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision.