//SC notice to Centre on writ on Dalit conversions

SC notice to Centre on writ on Dalit conversions

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre on a writ petition challenging the constitutional validity of para 3 of the Constitution (schedule castes) Order, 1950, denying the benefits of reservation to Dalits who convert to Islam or Christianity.  A bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal, Justice C K Thakker and Justice R V Raveendran issued notices on the petition of a Dalit, Dr Mukesh Kumar, who had converted to Islam and become Mohd. Sadiq, and his wife Reena Singh who is the pradhan of a village panchayat but is not embracing the religion for fear of losing her post.

Mohd Sadiq had applied for the post of a lecturer in Allahabad University under the SC quota but his claim was rejected on the grounds that he had converted to Islam.

The petitioner has challenged the validity of the impugned order on the grounds that while Dalit converts to Sikhism and Buddhism were being extended the benefits of reservation from SC quota, converts to Islam and Christianity failed to remove the stigma of being Dalits.

New Delhi | February 13, 2006 8:38:22 PM ISThttp://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=248616&n_date=20060213&cat=India