Pushtaini, Non-Pushtaini Landholders

While, prima facie, said classification seems reasonable, the devil lies in the details.

Courts have now adopted proportionality test [Om Kumar v. Union Of India,(2001) 2 SCC 386]. A classification should come with safeguards against its potential abuse [Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha v. State of Gujarat, (2020) 10 SCC 459]. The said notification by way of its classification creates disastrous mischief and does nothing to remedy potential abuse. The classification is liable to be set aside.

Hon’ble Justice Krishna Murari, Ramesh Chandra Sharma v. State of Uttar Pradesh, [Civil Appeal No. 8819 of 2022].