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Patna High Court Clears the Way for Caste-Based Survey in Bihar

Main Media resident sub-editor Nawazish Alam Reported By Nawazish Alam |
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On Tuesday, the Patna High Court made a significant ruling, allowing for a caste-based survey in Bihar. The court dismissed five Public Interest Litigations (PILs) that had challenged various aspects of the survey. The bench, consisting of Chief Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice Partha Sarthy, had reserved judgment on the matter on July 7.

Following the court’s decision, the petitioner’s counsel stated that they would approach the Supreme Court after thoroughly examining the complete order.

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Meanwhile, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister, Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, “We demand that the Central Government conduct a caste survey. “Why do the Prime Minsiter who falsely boost of being an OBC refuse to conduct the caste-based census of the country’s marginalized and economically disadvantaged populations?”

The caste survey was conducted in two phases. The first phase, initiated on January 7, focused on counting houses and was completed by January 21. The second phase began on April 15, during which information regarding caste and socio-economic conditions was collected. The entire process was scheduled to be completed by May 2023.

However, the survey faced legal challenges when some Public Interest Litigation were filed in the Patna High Court against it. On May 4, the court issued an interim stay on the survey, likening it to a census and asserting that the state government lacked the authority to implement it.

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Nawazish Alam hails from Purnia district in Bihar. He pursued Convergent Journalism at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. His passions lie in the realms of politics, cricket, and history.

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