Providing info on benefits to SCs in Punjab, Center says: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Chandigarh, September 21

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana requested the Union of India to provide a comprehensive set of instructions and schemes, according to which certain benefits were given to members of Scheduled Castes in Punjab. The leadership of Justice Mahabir Singh Sindhu intervened during the hearing of a petition challenging the scheduled castes reservation in the appointment of judicial officers.

As the case returned for the resumption of the hearing, Judge Sindhu ordered the Union of India lawyer Dheeraj Jain to do the necessary while fixing the case for September 26. The State of Punjab has also been instructed to record the terms and conditions of the previously appointed attorneys under the public notice/advertisement dated April 21.

In his petition, Ishan Kaushal requested the cancellation of an advertisement published on August 20 for 58 vacancies “only for scheduled castes” in the office of the General Counsel. Resuming the petition filed against the State and other defendants, Judge Sindhu had, as of the date of the previous hearing, also issued a “Notice Regarding Interim Measures”.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, Senior Solicitor Pawan Kumar Mutneja argued that the reservation was contrary to the provision of the Punjab Judicial Officers Engagement Act 2017, as well as the well-established principle.

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