Supreme court issues notice to 5 communities demanding minority status

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday has issued a notice to the Central Government on a plea seeking transfer of the cases under consideration in the various High Courts against the minority status of the five communities to respond. The petition lists five communities - Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis - in the minority category. This petition has been filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay.

The Bench of Chief Justice (CJI) SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian has sent notices to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Law and Justice, and Ministry of Minority Affairs. The petition demanded that all cases challenging the constitutional validity of Section 2 (c) of the National Minorities Commission Act 1992 be transferred to the High Court in Delhi, Meghalaya, and Guwahati. Under this, the notification was issued on 23 October 1993.

In the notification, five communities were declared minorities across the country. The transfer petition alleged that the majority of the Sikh population in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir were taking advantage of minorities. Senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan appeared in the court on behalf of Upadhyay in the case.

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