Dalits object to CJI remarks on SC quota for Muslims, Christians : Report
Delivering a public speech, the CJI spoke about affirmative action while referring to the plea challenging the exclusion of Muslims and Christians from SC
Taking exception to Chief Justice DY Chandrachud’s comments about Scheduled Caste reservation for Christians and Muslims, ‘Dalit Positive Movement’, a Kanpur-based advocacy group, has reportedly termed the remarks “most unfortunate”.
Delivering his speech at the LawAsia Annual Conference in Bengaluru on the subject, “Identity, the Individual, and the State: New Paths to Liberty” on November 25, the CJI spoke about affirmative action, while referring to the plea before the Supreme Court challenging exclusion of Muslims and Christians from Scheduled Caste, that was once listed before former Chief Justice Bobde.
“I remember that one of my predecessors Chief Justice Sharad Bobde recognised the necessity to consider the social exclusion of Christians and Muslims from the Scheduled Caste, reinforcing the urgency of addressing these issues,” the CJI had said. The then CJI had issued notice in one of the cases that is now part of a large batch of cases.
The group has reportedly written a letter, pointing to the CJI’s remark that “caste dynamics in the region are not exclusively shaped by religious affiliations” and that “implicit in our conversation around identity is our assumption that people hold one identity at a time, how untrue”, in the context of the pending cases before the Supreme Court. The CJI has “clearly expressed support for the case of the petitioners in the said batch of pending cases”, reads the letter.
The letter also refers to the CJI’s comment that the Sachar Committee Report and the Ranganath Mishra Committee Report have brought attention to the widespread abuses faced by marginalised communities and that the findings in the said reports underscore the pressing need for affirmative action to address deeply rooted discrimination, according to a report in Verdictum, an online platform.
“By saying that the Ranganath Mishra Committee Report underscores the pressing need for affirmative action to address deeply rooted discrimination, you have clearly endorsed the Committee’s report while the Central Government, a party to the pending cases before the Supreme Court, has rejected the report terming it “flawed” and its findings as arrived at without field studies. Pursuant to the insistence of the petitioners that the Supreme Court should rely on it, the Court has already framed a question as to whether the report can be relied upon, and to what extent, as per an order dated 12th April, 2023”, the letter says.
huge bearing on the existing Scheduled Caste communities, beyond the parties who are before the Supreme Court. As an organisation working to protect the interest of the Scheduled Caste communities, we are now worried whether Scheduled Caste communities will get justice from the Supreme Court on the said issue”.
The group has marked a copy of the letter to the President of India. The group concludes its letter by saying that CJI Chandrachud must stop expressing views in public on issues under consideration of the Supreme Court or any other Court while being the Chief Justice of India.
The batch of cases seeking Scheduled Caste reservation for converts to Christianity and Islam was heard by a Bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Justice Aravind Kumar, which had passed a detailed order.
The Centre, in October last year, appointed a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into whether the benefit of Scheduled Caste can be extended to those from the community who have converted to other religions. The Commission is to submit its report within two years.
Courtesy : The Federal
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