SC issues notice on plea challenging minorities commission and minority benefit schemes

The Supreme Court had issued a notice on a Petition which challenges the Constitutional Validity of National Commission for minorities Act 1972 and different beneficial schemes for minority communities on taxpayer’s money. The plea was filed by five people headed by Neeraj Shankar Sharma who are said to represent Sanatan Vedic Dharam and it called the National minority commission as a “ fraud on constitution “ by the central government which is conducted to appease a section of society at the cost of national integration.

A writ petition filed by Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain also challenges various benefits given to minorities and called it discriminatory and violative to use the money of common man for various educational grants given to minorities such as Maulana Azad national fellowship. The bench comprising justice RF Nariman and SR Bhatt issued notice and Attorney general KK Venugopal submitted that the matter may require consideration by the constitutional bench as the petition raised a question on the constitutional scheme for the protection of minorities.

It also alleged that the central government treats the Muslims above the law and an undue advantage was given to Waqf board properties by neglecting other Hindu establishments. The benefit under Article 15(4) can be given only to those communities who are found socially and educationally backward classes of citizens by a Commission established under Article 340 of the Constitution.