SC declines PIL on quota for Dalits embracing Buddhism
STAFF WRITER 18:16 HRS IST
New Delhi, Jan 6 (PTI) The Supreme Court today declined to entertain a
petition questioning a provision in the legislation that extends the
benefits of reservation to Dalits converted to Buddhism.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice B S
Chauhan dismissed the PIL seeking annulment of the Constitutional
(Scheduled Castes) Orders Amendment Act, 1990 providing reservation to
Dalits converted to Buddhism.
The PIL filed by R H Boudh had contended that bringing the converted
Buddhist in the fold of caste-based reservation amounted to defeating
the purpose of their conversion.
"We are treated as the same lower caste people of the Hindu religion,
to escape from which we had converted to Buddhism," the petitioner
submitted adding that the Buddhist community did not need reservation
as it would mean converting the religion of Buddhism into a caste.
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