Minorities panel says Dinakaran victimised
Nagendar Sharma, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 24, 2010
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has said the uncertainty
surrounding the fate of beleaguered Karnataka High Court Chief Justice
PD Dinakaran amounts to victimisation.
The national watchdog for protection of the rights of minorities has
hinted the treatment given to Justice Dinakaran has angered the
Christian community in Karnataka.
In a letter to law minister M Veerappa Moily, NCM vice-chairman HT
Sangliana has said though no corruption charge has been proved against
Dinakaran, he has been targeted just on the basis of media reports.
"The Justice Dinakaran case should be decided quickly; if he is found
guilty of corruption charges, suspend or terminate him, but without
any probe how can he be treated like this?" Sangliana said.
"A number of lawyers from Bangalore have met me and told me that the
charges are false, but I told them it is for a probe to decide that.
The question is how long will the process take, nobody knows," he
"The minorities, particularly Christians, are not satisfied at the
turn of events," he said.
The NCM is the second organisation to speak in favour of Justice
Dinakaran, a Dalit Christian. The National Commission for Scheduled
Castes chief, Buta Singh, had in October last year said the judge was
being targeted as he is a Dalit.
Justice Dinakaran continues to be in the Karnataka HC, but he is not
hearing any cases since December last year.
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