Bombay HC imposes costs on Caste Scrutiny Committee
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 26, 2009, 19:31
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has held that a girl -- who lost two jobs because she had no caste validity certificate -- is entitled to get compensation from Caste Scrutiny Committee.

Pulling up the committee for not taking decision in time, Court imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on Committee members.

Petitioner Vaishali Suryavanshi, member of 'Tokare Koli' community, a Scheduled Tribe, had applied to Committee for Scrutiny and Verification of Tribe Claims, at Nandurbar for getting a caste verification certificate.

In 2008, she filed a petition, as committee had not decided her case. Court, in April last year, asked the Committee to dispose of her application in two months.

But still, the Committee failed to act. In the meanwhile, she cleared an examination for the post of clerk at Co-operative Societies Registrar's office, and was selected in the reserved category. She was also selected for clerk's post in General Administration Department in Mantralaya.

But she could not get either of the jobs, because she had no verified caste certificate to prove her ST status.

Division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A M Khanwilkar held that a "sense of public accountability is lacking in the members of the Committee".

Asking Committee to pay Rs 25,000 to her as costs, court asked it to verify her caste certificate in four weeks.


First Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009, 19:31

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