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Paswan supports survey of Muslims in judiciary

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Patna – Ram Vilas Paswan, president of Lok Janshakti Party and union minister, Thursday said the survey on the presence of Muslims and socially marginalised groups in Bihar’s judicial setup was a step in the right direction.

Paswan said the government’s decision to conduct a survey on the number of Muslims, Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and other backward classes (OBCs) was a ‘right step’.

He also demanded reservation for the marginalised sections in the judiciary and army. ‘It is my old demand that there should be reservation in judiciary as well as army,’ the minister told reporters at a joint press conference with Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A.B. Bardhan Thursday.

Bardhan, however, remained tight-lipped on the issue.

It was reported Tuesday that the registrar general of the Patna High Court official had directed all the district and sessions judges of Bihar to conduct the headcount.

According to reports, the information was sought by the chairperson of the Justice Rajendra Sachar Committee, set up by the central government to determine the socio-economic status of Muslims.