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SC tells panel to consider plea for defining minorities

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday asked the (NCM) to consider a PIL by a seeking to define minorities and lay down the guidelines for their identification.

Directing the NCM to consider the PIL, the bench of and Justice said: "The court would expect the NCM to take a decision on the matter as early as possible, preferably within a period of three months from today (Monday)."

(BJP) approached the top court since his representation of November 17, 2018 was not addressed by the Commission. Upadhyaya had approached the NCM after he was asked by the top court to do so by its order dated November 10, 2018.

The court asked the Commission to consider the representation of November 17, 2018 of the which had sought direction to the Centre to define minorities and lay down guidelines for their identification.

Referring to October 23, 1992 notification, which identified Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and as minorities, the said that are in majority in and J&K, and form a significant population in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, and and yet they are enjoying minority status.

The communities, Upadhyaya's PIL says, which are real minorities in the states are not getting their legitimate share because of non-identification of minorities at the state level.

The BJP has lamanted that the Hindus are real minotities in eight states - Lakshdweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, J&K, and Punjab, but their rights as minotities are being siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily by the majority population in these states, as the has not notified them as minorities in these states.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:30 IST
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