Supreme Court notices to centre on minority schemes

A bench, comprising Justices RF Nariman and S Ravindra Bhatt, issued the notices on a petition filed by Sanatan Vedic Dharam lawyer Vishnu Shankar Jain.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the central government on a petition filed by a self-styled Vedic outfit challenging the annual budgetary outlay for several minority welfare schemes on the ground that it was violative of the secular ethos of our Constitution which bars any discrimination against any community on the grounds of religion.

A bench, comprising Justices RF Nariman and S Ravindra Bhatt, issued the notices on a petition filed by Sanatan Vedic Dharam lawyer Vishnu Shankar Jain.

Jain was the VHP counsel in the Ayodhya case.


The petition has among other things challenged the constitution of a National Minorities Commission created to safeguard the constitutional and legal rights of the minorities.

The Constitution bars any discrimination among citizens on the ground of caste, religion or gender. But gives the state an option to draw up special affirmative schemes for minorities, women and children. The petition filed by the outfit seems to be specifically challenging any affirmative action for the minorities.

The petition said the welfare of the majority Hindus was being neglected by the state while special efforts were being made to uplift those belonging to the minority communities. “…the petitioners and other members of Hindu community are suffering because they have been born in the majority community,” it added.
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