National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh has said the commission is not satisfied with Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Mahendra Singh Tikait’s affidavit stating that his reported casteist remark against UP Chief Minister Mayawati was a customary form of address in western UP rather than a personal insult. Tikait has argued that his remark therefore does not attract action under provisions relating to Dalits.
The commission had taken suo motu cognisance of the reported derogatory casteist remark made by Tikait at a public meeting in Bijnore in March-end and summoned him. After receiving his explanation, the commission is waiting for the judgment of the Bijnore court hearing the charges before proceeding further against him. Tikait alleged the FIR against him exaggerated the charges against him to please the state government.
“Our work is to safeguard Constitutional provisions with regard to the Scheduled Castes rather than upholding Constitutionally unacceptable terms of caste abuse. We may even drop the case if the caste issue is satisfactorily addressed by the judgment. But if we feel that justice calls for more, we will summon Tikait. We will then send a report to the President, giving factual information on the matter,” Buta Singh told HT.