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The Plea Challenging Centre's Circular Against Use Of Term 'Dalit' was rejected by The Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 19 Feb 2019 12:45pm

The Plea Challenging Centre's Circular Against Use Of Term 'Dalit' was rejected by The Supreme Court

On Monday The Supreme Court did not accept a petition challenging Centre's notification, which advised the media to not use the term "Dalit" to describe members of Scheduled Castes.

 The 2 judge bench including the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna added that they are not interested in entertaining a petition that challenged the Information advisory of 2018 and Broadcasting Ministry asking private satellite television channels to use Scheduled Caste instead of Dalit.

The petitioner V A Ramesh Nathan was represented by Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, and he questioned the legality of the circular and said, "How can the Government of India issue such a circular questioning my identity".

The bench was not impressed by his questions was not please so the bench further added, "At this stage, we are not interested in entertaining this petition. Dismissed."

The ministry, in its circular of August 7, 2018  advised that the media must be refrained from using the word like "Dalit" for members of Scheduled Castes and ministry demanded that only 'Scheduled Caste' must be used for all official transaction, matters, dealings, certificates for denoting the persons belonging to the community.




Tagged: dalit   centre   supremecourt   media   cji  
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