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No Mention of Caste in Judicial and Administrative Matters: Rajasthan High Court

Lawstreet Journal 1 May 2020 3:08am

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Rajasthan High Court on Monday, 27th April 2020, in a ruling stated that the caste of a person should not be mentioned in matters pertaining to judicial or administrative issues. The order clarified that the caste of a person is not relevant in bail bonds or in arrest memos, observing that the identity of a person is and should be known by parentage and not by caste. A single bench consisting of Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma pronounced the said order in line with the Constitutional provisions in India.


The ruling came after a petition was filed at the Jaipur bench of the High Court by Bishan Singh, who was ordered to be released on bail in another case. The petitioner’s caste was however misspelled as Mev instead of Jatav on the bond which led to refusal of his bail by the Jail Authorities. Aggravated, he approached the High Court stating that he had been illegally detained for 5 days despite the order from High Court granting him release, merely because of typographical errors on the bail bond and the release memo. On hearing matter, the bench directed that caste of a person should not be written with the exception for those belonging to SC/ST. 


Article 15 of the Constitution of India, 1949 states that no person should be discriminated on the basis of is caste, race, religion, sex, or place of birth. Hence, a special mention of caste might serve as a ground for discrimination. The provisions of the Continue Reading...

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