The Haryana government paid the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, Rs 70 lakh for the initial study on the socio-economic and educational statuses of castes but didn’t consider its report, as it did not entitle the Jats, Jat Sikhs, Rors, Tyagis and Bishnois to the 10% special Backward Class quota benefit.
Three Bhiwani residents, including Murari Lal Gupta, on Tuesday challenged the Haryana government notification of January 23 last year and submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court that it was the only reason the government had cancelled a February 2012 agreement with CRRID and manipulated Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, to deliver a favourable report.
The petitioners have submitted that the second survey was allotted to retired MDU professor Khazan Singh Sangwan, who did not do any work but fabricated data with the help of the university and government authorities to show particular castes more backward than the other.
The petitioners fur ther claimed that the grant of quota in exclusion to the existing 27% reservation to the Backward Classes was illegal and had exceeded the 50% reservation ceiling.
Since the state government failed to file its reply to the petition on Tuesday, the division bench headed by chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli asked it to do it by May 19.
MUSLIMS INCLUDED WITHOUT SURVEY
The petitioners alleged that without any survey, Haryana Backward Class Commission has also included (vide a notification of October 10, 2013) Mulla/Muslim Jats in the special Backward Class.
The petioners further submitted that it was illegal as well as violative of the Supreme Court judgment in the Indira Sawhney case.