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Central & state minorities bodies unconstitutional?

A division bench of Allahabad High Court asks central and state governments what is the justification of central & state minorities bodies?

Lucknow: A division bench of Allahabad High Court consisting of Chief Justice and Justice Shahidul Hasan issued notices to central and state governments and asked them to submit their replies to the Court within four weeks explaining the justification of constituting Central and State Minorities Commissions and their objectives and purposes. The division bench issued these notices in response to a PIL petition by Pandit Hari Shankar Jain, advocate on behalf of Hindu Avadhokta Sangh, saying that in the Indian Constitution there is no room or legal provision for the formation of such commissions, then why central and state governments constitute these central and state minorities commissions. In the petition he also described the workings of these commissions illegal and unconstitutional. He also described the loans given by Minorities Financial Development Corporation to the minorities for their self employment as illegal and unconstitutional and requested that these may be stopped. The Hon Court directed the central and state governments to furnish their replies and explanations within four weeks.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2010 on page no. 22

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