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The Centre made the submission before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal which was hearing a plea seeking a time frame for filling up the vacancies in the minorities panel.
The PIL, filed by lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy, had said "the inaction of the government in not appointing the members is arbitrary and unreasonable" and that it "frustrates" the spirit of the Constitution.
The first statutory National Commission for Minorities (NCM) was set up in 1993 and by a gazette notification, five religious communities - Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians - were notified as minorities, it had said.
"In the absence of provisions of a time limit to fill up the vacancies in the commission, the appointment process takes a long time and the existence of a full-fledged commission and its functioning gets severely affected," the plea had said.
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