HC unhappy with Maya`s alleged caste remarks

Last Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 22:04

Lucknow: Taking serious note of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati`s alleged statement on caste lines,
the Allahabad High Court on Friday said a person holding
constitutional post should not make any statement "which
shall prove to be divisive in due course of time".
The Allahabad Bench of the High Court gave six weeks` time
to the Centre and state government to file their replies on a
writ petition filed by Brahman-Kshatriya Mahasangh seeking
direction to Mayawati desist from making any statement on
caste lines.

A division bench comprising Justice Devi Prasad Singh and
Justice Devendra Kumar Arora, however, declined to issue
notice to Mayawati in this matter.

The court observed in its order that "prima facie, it
appears that once a person took an oath of office of a
constitutional post in any wing of the government, judiciary
or legislature or hold a public office, for such persons the
entire country is one and action of such person must be beyond
caste, creed or religion so as to create casteless or
classless society in the country.
"Such persons should not make statement on the basis of
caste, creed or religion, which shall be divisive in due
course of time".

The petitioners have alleged that on November 13, the BSP
president, during the Brahman Bhaichara Sammelan at Lucknow,
requested the gathering of Brahmins to vote for her party as
the BSP intends to make Rajnath Singh and the Congress Party
Digvijay Singh as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 22:04

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