Civil service coaching center Muslim protection case! Kerala High Court issues notice to state
Pub pen, webdesk: A public interest litigation was filed in the state-run Civil Service Coaching Center challenging the 50 per cent reservation for Muslims. This time, the Kerala High Court sent a notice to the state in this regard.
The Kerala High Court has sent notices to the State Institute of Career Studies and Research (ICSR), The Center for Continuing Education Kerala (CCEK) and the Kerala State Civil Service Academy.
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday sent a notice to the state challenging the 50 per cent reservation at The Institute of Career Studies and Research Center in a public interest litigation.
The division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Saji P Chali issued the notice against the Counting Education Kerala (CCEK), including the ICSR, and the Kerala State Civil Service Academy.
A public interest litigation was filed in the Kerala High Court challenging the ICSR’s protection as unconstitutional. In addition to reserving 50 per cent seats for Muslim candidates, the petition claims that there is an additional 10 per cent reservation for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
With that being mentioned, ICSR has waived the fees of reserved candidates. According to Article 12 of the Constitution, the state cannot grant protection to its candidates on the basis of religion. In this case Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution have been violated.
Kerala Muslims have been included in the SEBC and OBC lists. However, the petition states that the reservation provided by ICSR did not comply with the list of SEBC and OBC reservations. This protection has been given to Muslims on the basis of their religion. The court further held that if it is assumed that Muslims are included in the SEBC and OBC lists, it is unconstitutional to preserve only one community excluding others. Such programs violate the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.
In the public interest litigation, it has been said that in order to satisfy the political interest, a certain community is being given this special benefit unwittingly, which is against the constitutional value of secularism. The state can never support the unethical actions of any political party for their success.