news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The Newsminute| November 8| 12.32 pm IST On Friday, the SC scrapped Madras HC’s order for a caste-based census. The order came in two years ago for the first time, after the state abolished the practice in 1931. The Centre asked the Supreme Court’s immediate intervention as to avoid a controversy about the quota system. The Census department’s policy includes collecting information about the SC and ST sections only and no other caste, said the bench of Justices Dipak Misra, R F Nariman and U U Lalit. The SC also ruled that it was beyond the jurisdiction of the High Court to order such a caste-bound census. In its 2012 order, the HC had said, "When it is the position that after 1931, there has never been any caste-wise enumeration or tabulation and when there cannot be any dispute that there is increase in the population of SC/ST/OBC manifold after 1931, the percentage of reservation fixed on the basis of population in the year 1931 has to be proportionately increased by conducting caste-wise census by the government in the interest of the weaker sections of society." Source: Times of India

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