Maintaining that poverty was the common enemy of all communities, the Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Centre to explain the rationale behind the Muslim-specific survey conducted by the Sachar Committee.
"Are you trying to please one community? Poverty is the common enemy. You should fight against poverty rather than saying that you would fight against poverty for one community only. This is where the rot lies," a bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said.
The bench also sought an explanation from the government on the allegations of Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, an NGO that contended the report and the action taken report was religion specific and therefore in violation of the constitution of India.
"Both the parties seem to be emotional about the subject. These issues are not decided on emotional lines", said Justice TS Thakur, while directing the government to file a reply within six weeks.
Arguing for the government, Additional Solicitor General PP Malhotra called the petition politically motivated.
"These are political matters which should not be brought to the court but left to the public," he said.
Appearing for the NGO, Senior counsel PN Lekhi, however, alleged that the report was an improvement on Pakistan resolution. "The report claims that the Muslims in India are living in a ghetto is shocking because the division of the country was not on the basis of such isolations of Muslims," said Lekhi. The court would now hear the matter on August 21.
The writ petition was filed before the court in December last year challenging the action taken report of the government on the Sachar Committee’s report on condition of Muslims in the country. It had urged the court to restrain the government from taking any action on the basis of the report.
The petition had condemned the procedure that was adopted by Sachar Committee. The petitioner Patriots Forum has claimed that the report was biased and prepared with a pre-determined mindset. The NGO is also aggrieved by the Central Government’s move to initiate action on the basis of the said report.