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Muslim headcount: SC to hear PIL on March 6

former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen RS Kadyan sought immediate halt to the headcount.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 15:01 IST

The Supreme Court will hear on March 6 a PIL filed by former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen RS Kadyan seeking immediate halt to headcount of Muslims in the defence forces.

A Bench of Justice BN Aggarwal, Justice AK Mathur and Justice Dalveer Bhandari refused to hear the matter earlier, saying there was no urgency.

Kadyan sought immediate halt to the headcount, claiming it would sow seeds of communalism in the secular institution.

Terming it as an "ill-advised" move which "would cause colossal damage to the integrity, camaraderie, morale and professionalism of the forces in the long run," the PIL urged the apex Court to direct the Government not to make public the data collected so far in this regard.

Kadyan, who served in the Army for 44 years, said the "divisive" move could cause long-term damage to the defence forces.

Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee, appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to enquire into the backwardness of the Muslims, had sought to know the number of Muslims serving in the Indian defence forces.

The former Deputy Chief of Army Staff sought quashing of the directions issued by the Committee to the Government and furnishing of entire records, including basis for issuance of directions for Muslims in Armed Forces.