Govt "silent" on campaign against SC in judiciary: NCSC
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 23:37
New Delhi: Taking a serious note of what it alleged a "vilification campaign" against Scheduled Castes in judiciary especially in relation to reportage of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran episode, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes today accused the government of "keeping silent" on the issue.

"If the tirade against Scheduled Castes in judiciary is not stopped, the Commission would be duty bound to take stock of the situation which has arisen from the unabashed and continuous campaigning of vilification against the Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court P D Dinakaran," a statement released by National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) said here.

The statement said "NCSC has taken a serious view of the campaign launched in the entire media by some of the anti-Dalit and casteist elements both in Bar Council of India and various bar associations of the states...

"The issue has been highlighted in the name of appointment of Justice Dinakaran....whose name was unanimously approved by collegium of Supreme Court (for elevation as judge in Supreme Court)", said the Commission headed by former union minister Buta Singh.

Criticising the government, the statement said "the NCSC would have welcomed any step taken by the government to preserve the honour of Justice of India and the Chief Justices of High Courts and Scheduled Caste judges serving in various courts of the country.

"But unfortunately, the government is keeping silent, which has given sufficient room to the media to play upon the constitutional rights of Scheduled Castes", it said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 23:37

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