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Sachar defends report on status of Muslims

india Updated: May 13, 2008 16:39 IST

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As the Delhi High Court put the Government on a soul search on the report on the status of Muslims in the country, Justice Rajendra Sachar who headed the committee that conducted the study defended it on moral grounds.

"The report was prepared only after the committee members agreed to prepare it. As a moral person, if I think what I am doing is improper, I won't do it," Sachar told PTI.

On Monday, during the proceedings of a case on the implementation of the Sachar Committee recommendations for welfare of Muslims, a two-member division bench of the Delhi High Court put searching questions to the Government.

"You (Government) are trying to please one community and this is where the rot lies," the bench said. Sachar said, "I have done what I was asked to do. I just prepared the report and submitted to the Government."

The former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court refused to be dragged into the debate, saying, "I won't comment on my report. I am not a lawyer in the court. You should ask the Prime Minister."

The court was hearing a PIL, filed by Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, an NGO, alleging that the committee's report and Government's follow-up action was unconstitutional.

The Centre had appointed the Committee to look into the socio-economic and educational status of the Muslim community in the country.