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Issuance of caste certificates has become a farce: Bombay HC

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 21:17

Mumbai: Taking note of the revelation that authorities issued two contrary caste certificates to the same person, the Bombay High Court has observed that issuance of these certificates has become a farce.

"Our experience tells us that in many cases issuance of caste certificates by competent authority has become a farce.
In this the persons who deserve to get benefit of reservation
policy are the losers," said the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and A A Sayed.

In the present case, the division bench also asked the secretary of social welfare department to conduct a probe.

The petitioner in this case, one Kavita Goel, had challenged Mumbai Caste Scrutiny Committee`s decision to invalidate the certificate issued by deputy collector of Thane in August 2004.

The certificate said that she was a Chamar (a scheduled caste) and originally from Maharashtra. She got provisional admission to an engineering college under SC quota.
During the hearing in High Court, it was revealed that Thane deputy collector had in fact issued two certificates to her. The first certificate, issued in February 2001, said that she was a Chamar, but not originally from Maharashtra, as her father was from Kanpur.

According to law, a person who migrates from another state cannot get benefit of reservations in Maharashtra.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 21:17
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