End of the road for 'converts'

BANGALORE, Oct 23: Nominations of candidates, who recently converted to ''convenient" religions to render themselves eligible to contest the BMP polls under the new reservation pattern, are likely to be rejected with the State Election Commission today issuing a circular to the returning officers to carefully scrutinise the nominations in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment on benefits of reservation. The Supreme Court has held in its judgment in Valasamma Paul vs Cochin University and others that a person who converts to some other religion to take the benefits reserved under Article 15(4) or 16(4) of the Constitution of India cannot avail the benefits by conversion. Hence, the certificates issued by the competent authorities to persons who convert their religion to take benefits of reservation created for Backward Classes 'A' and 'B' in local body elections, cannot be considered as valid.

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Referred by:Balram Sampla
Published on:24 oct, 2001
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