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Paswan, Ramadoss demand quota for judiciary

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 02:52 IST
Saroj Nagi

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and PMK leader S Ramadoss added to the ongoing debate for reservations in the private sector and central educational
institutions by demanding that the quota regime be extended to the judiciary as well.

"There should be reservation in the judiciary also. It is the sole body which interprets law. There should be a judicial commission to provide adequate
representation to SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities," said Paswan who heads the Lok Janshakti Party and is a member of the Group of Ministers (GOM) on Dalit

He also maintained that the issue of creamy layer had no relevance for SCs and STs until untouchability and inequality were removed. He also advocated reservations for Muslims, including Dalit and Christian Muslims, and proposed that the entire Muslim community be declared backward.

Paswan's views on quotas in judiciary were echoed by Ramadoss. "Judiciary cannot be an exception."

"Reservation principle should be inclusive of judiciary. This alone can bring constitutional balance between the legislature, executive and judiciary. Then
only the real cause of social justice can be served," he told a seminar on "Reservation in Judiciary" on Sunday.