New Delhi – The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice on a plea filed by Sanatan Vedic Dharam followers challenging the constitutionality of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, and the extension of the government welfare schemes to the religious minorities.
A bench comprising Justices R.F. Nariman and S.R. Bhat issued a notice on a plea filed by followers of the Sanatan Vedic Dharam, who are members of the Hindu community. The writ petition was filed by Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain.
The petitioners also challenged the constitutional validity of establishment of National Minority Commission by Central Act, claiming the Parliament cannot make any law for minority religious groups.
The petitioners also claimed that they are being unconstitutionally deprived of benefits available to similarly situated members of religious minorities through government welfare schemes, in violation of Articles 14, 15 and 27 of the Constitution.
The petitioner feel that minority commission is unconstitutional.
“The purpose of establishing minority commission is unconstitutional and also the initiation of beneficial schemes for religious minorities is fraud on the constitution and misuse of power being committed by the Central Government to appease a section of the society at the cost of national integration”, claimed the petition.
The petition urged the top court to declare that the Centre has no right, jurisdiction and power to grant benefits from tax payer money on the schemes framed in favour of notified religious minority communities.