Wednesday, 22 June 2016

How upper castes become SCs


When I was a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court, I filed a case in Court in which my client's grievance was that he had applied for admission in B.Sc. Agriculture course in Kulbhaskar Ashram College, Allahabad but he was not granted admission although those who got less marks in Intermediate Agriculture exams were granted admission.

The same College also had Intermediate Agriculture course, and admissions to B.Sc. agriculture course were on the bas...is of marks obtained in Intermediate Agriculture exams.

The reply from the opposite parties was that those students with lesser marks who were admitted belonged to the scheduled castes, and they got admissions because of reservation for SCs.

I submitted before the Court that in fact these students who got admission were not SCs but belonged to the upper castes. And to prove this I filed photocopies of their applications for admission in Intermediate Agriculture course, which also had their photographs, and these clearly showed that they belonged to upper castes.

The fraud these students committed was that they dropped their surnames ( which they had mentioned in their applications for admission to Intermediate Agriculture course ) in their applications for admission to B.Sc. Agriculture, and obtained fake caste certificates ( obviously by paying some money, which is the common practice in many places ).

Thus, for instance, Ram Kumar Shukla, who wrote this name when applying for admission to Intermediate Agriculture course, and thus clearly disclosed that he was a Brahmin, wrote his name only Ram Kumar when applying for admission to B.Sc. Agriculture. Similarly, Satya Prasad Agarwal, who wrote this name when applying for admission to Intermediate Agriculture course, which clearly disclosed that he was a Vaishya, wrote only Satya Prasad when applying for admission to B.Sc. Agriculture, and so forth. The photocopies of photographs in the applications for admission to Intermediate Agriculture and B.Sc. Agriculture courses clearly showed that they were the same persons.

The case was adjourned, and I do not know what happened to it because soon thereafter I was elevated as a Judge of the High Court.

Probably it was not listed thereafter for many years, and in the meantime the admitted studemts may have completed their course and got their degrees. So the case may have been dismissed as infructuous.

Such is the state of our judiciary

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