On Monday, the High Court of Delhi asked the Centre to explain why 6 out of 7 posts at the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) are lying vacant since Oct 2020.
A single-Judge bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh directed the Ministry of Minorities Affairs to file a status report in response to a petition for filling up the vacancies. However, the Court listed the matter for further hearing on March 8.
During the hearing, the Court said the ministry has to explain why 6 out of the 7 posts in the commission were vacant.
The petition, by Abhay Ratan Bauddh, has said that only the post of Vice Chairman of the commission was functional since Oct 2020. The plea, filed through advocate Vinay Kumar, said that the posts were lying vacant since Oct 24, 2020, only one post was functional.
The PIL said that the administrative institution is deliberately not filling the vacant post of Chairperson, member Buddhist, Christian, Parsi, Sikh & Jain in the NCM & thereby violating the provisions of the said Act.