PIL in SC seeks guidelines for defining ‘minority’

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to take a decision on a plea seeking to form guidelines for defining the term “minority” and lay down guidelines for its identification State-wise.

A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay to approach the NCM with his plea. The Bench said the minority panel will take a decision on the representation within three months. Mr. Upadhyay, in the petition filed in public interest, has claimed that the Central government through its 1993 circular notified only five communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis — as ‘minority’ community, without defining minority and framing parameters for identification of minority.