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Minority bodies: HC notices to Govt

THE LUCKNOW bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the State Government on a petition challenging the validty of the constitution of Minority Financial Corporation and Minority Commission. The court has fixed the next hearing on May 26.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 01:16 IST

THE LUCKNOW bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the State Government on a petition challenging the validty of the constitution of Minority Financial Corporation and Minority Commission. The court has fixed the next hearing on May 26.

According to the court sources, a division bench comprising Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice DV Sharma passed the orders on a petition filed by Sardar Rajender Singh Bagga through his counsel Hari Shankar Jain.

The petitioner submitted that all the schemes for minorities were meant for all the communities who were in minority in the State but the said institutions were created for the benefits of only the Muslims.

Reprieve for Amarmani
Former minister Amarmani Tripathi, jailed in the poetess Madhumita murder case, received a minor reprieve on Wednesday when the high court allowed him to attend the on-going state assembly proceedings on May 18 and 19. Justice Rakesh Sharma passed the orders on a petition of Tripathi. The district judge Shiv Sharan Sharma, had earlier rejected the application of Tripathi in this regard. Nalini Jain, appearing for Trapathi, submitted before the court that he was an elected representative of his people and if he was not allowed to attend the Assembly his people would remain deprived of their rights, . 

Taj right plea rejected
The HC has dismissed a petition seeking right over the Taj Mahal and its properties. The petitioners had claimed that they were the heirs of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan who had built the Taj Mahal. Therefore, they have the right over the Taj Mahal and its properties. The court has dismissed this petition with cost.

The verdict was delivered by Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Amar Saran. The writ petition was filed by Timure Sultana Begum and Mirza Sahabuddin Bux of Varanasi.

Fixation of quota
The HC has held that fixation of quota in promotional cadre for specified category of personnel cannot be held to be reservation within the ambit of Article 16 (4) of the Constitution. The court said, “Providing a quota in promotion is not new in the service jurisprudence and whenever the feeder cadre itself consists of different categories of persons and when they are considered for any promotion, the employer fixes a quota for each category so that the cadre would be equibalanced.”