HC asks Centre to consider setting up Upper Caste Commission
Press Trust of India / Lucknow October 16, 2012, 22:15 The Allahabad High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh government
and the Centre to consider a representation for constitution of an
Upper Caste Commission.
The order was passed by the Lucknow bench of Acting Chief Justice
Amitava Lala and Justice Anil Kumar while disposing of a Public Interest
Litigation (PIL) filed by Swaraj Party of India seeking seeting up of
such a commission (Sawarn Ayog).
The petitioner sought direction from the court for constitution of
an upper caste commission on the lines of other existing commissions.
The petitioner's counsel Ashok Pandey submitted before
the court that earlier in two other matters the court also directed the
government to consider constitution of the commission, but those orders
were not complied with.
On behalf of the state government, Additional Sdvocate General
Bulbul Godiyal contended that if earlier orders were not complied in
this matter, the petitioner may file a contempt petition.
The bench after hearing the matter directed the state and the Centre
to consider and decide the representation in the light of earlier
orders in this regard within two months.