Govt "silent" on campaign against SC in judiciary: NCSC

Govt silent on campaign against SC in judiciary: NCSC

New Delhi: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes charged the government on Thursday with keeping silent on an alleged “vilification campaign" against Scheduled Castes in judiciary especially with regard to reportage of Karnataka High Court chief justice P D Dinakaran episode.

A statement by NCSC said it “has taken a serious view of the campaign launched in the entire media by some of the anti-Dalit and casteist elements both in Bar Council of India and various bar associations of the states..."

Dinakaran’s elevation to the Supreme Court approved by the collegium of the Suprme Court has run into a controversy over his alleged amassing of assets.

“The issue has been highlighted in the name of appointment of justice Dinakaran....whose name was unanimously approved by collegium of Supreme Court (for elevation as judge in Supreme Court)", said the commission headed by former union minister Buta Singh.

The statement said “the NCSC would have welcomed any step taken by the government to preserve the honour of Justice of India and the chief justices of High Courts and Scheduled Caste judges serving in various courts of the country.

“But unfortunately, the government is keeping silent, which has given sufficient room to the media to play upon the constitutional rights of Scheduled Castes", it said.

“If the tirade against Scheduled Castes in judiciary is not stopped, the Commission would be duty bound to take stock of the situation which has arisen from the unabashed and continuous campaigning of vilification against Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Chief Justice of Karnataka high court P D Dinakaran," the statement said.