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SC seeks Centre’s response on PIL demanding guidelines for classification of religious minorities at state-level

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Central Government’s response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding guidelines for classification of religious minorities at the state-level considering their population.

The petitioner, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Supreme Court advocate, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, alleged in his petition that the Hindus are in minority in 10 states and they be given minority status in those states.

The Apex Court, during the course of the hearing, observed that “we will see and hear the matter, but we will seek a detailed response from the Central government.”

A bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, issued notice to the Union of India (UOI) and said, notice is returnable in six weeks.

The petitioner, had moved the Apex Court and challenged the National Commission for Minority Act 1992.

The petitioner sought a direction to declare that Section 2(f) of the National Commission for Minority Education Institution Act 2004, is arbitrary, irrational and offends Articles 14, 15, 21, 29 and 30 of the Constitution hence void.

The petitioner further sought a direction that the respondents (Union of India) be directed to lay down guidelines for identification of minority at State level

He further said that this can be done only in order to ensure that those religious & linguistic groups, which are socially economically politically non-dominant and numerically inferior, can establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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