New Delhi: The hearing in the Supreme Court has been adjourned on a petition seeking minority status for Hindus in 9 states of the country with a low population of Hindus. Now after 6 weeks i.e. after May or summer vacation, it can be heard. The court has asked the central government to file a reply on all the issues related to the petition in four weeks. The petitioner has been given two weeks' time to respond to the government's reply, after which the matter will be heard.
Earlier, the central government had said in an affidavit filed in the apex court that even in states with less Hindu population, state governments can give minority status to Hindus. The central government, in its affidavit filed in the apex court, has said that states can, according to their own rules, recognize institutions as minority institutions. The central government, in its affidavit filed on the Hindu minority case, has told the Supreme Court that states where Hindus or other communities are minorities can declare those communities as minority communities through which they can operate.
Giving the example of Maharashtra and Karnataka, the central government said that in 2016 as Maharashtra made religious religious for Jews and Karnataka, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Tulu, Lamani, Hindi, Konkani, and Gujarati on linguistic basis, they Minority status is given, similarly other states can do the same.