Indra Sawhney v. Union of India AIR 1993 SC 447

Held : In the reservation for the backward classes the creamy layer should be excluded .the exclusion makes the class a truly backward class. The very concept of a class denotes a number of persons having certain common traits which distinguish them from others .In a backward class if the connecting link is the social backwardness it should be the same .If some of the members are far too socially advanced then the connecting link between them snaps .they would be misfits in the class .After excluding them alone would the class be a truly backward class .The Supreme Court therefore directs the govt. to specify the criteria for such exclusion income or extent of holding or otherwise.

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