Hyderabad: Expressing grave concern over the exploitation of “reservation” by some upper caste people, the State Scheduled Tribes Employees’ Association has questioned the validity of a two-year service extension to a district judge, Mr Aditya Pratap Banjdev, despite the High Court ruled that he had committed fraud by obtaining “fake caste certificate”.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, the Association president, Mr E Anjaneyulu, alleged that the tainted judge, Mr Banjdev’s name was included in the list of eight judges in the State who were given service extension, though a case has been pending against him in the Supreme Court over the last nine years. “He was continuing in service on the basis of “status quo” verdict given by the Supreme Court, when he appealed against the full bench judgment of the High Court that he had fraudulently obtained a caste certificate that he belonged to the “Konda Dora” community, though he belonged to an upper cast community”, he added.
Mr Anjaneyulu said that the case has not been posted for further hearing after 2010. He also said that they did not know why the case was not being posted for further hearing since then. Wondering as to where the underprivileged people would go for justice when injustice was meted out to them by the judiciary, which was being considered as a “watch dog” in a democratic country. What is the use of such a judgment if it came after his retirement on March 31?”, he asked.
Mr Anjaneyulu said that there were hundreds of such bogus people in the State, including MLAs, MPs and bureaucrats, who had obtained fake caste certificates and enjoying the benefits of reservation by depriving the legitimate beneficiaries. He also alleged that the stipulated allocation of 22 per cent quota for the STs was not being made under the Tribal sub-plan and SC Component Plan and even the meager allocations were diverted to other purposes. He also pointed out that they have submitted memoranda to the President, Ms Pratibha Patil, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the UPA chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi, informing them of the exploitation of the fruits of reservation policy by more than 5,000 people in the State.
Mr Anjaneyulu said that they were contemplating to lay a siege to the Assembly on March 11 under the aegis of the Republican Party of India in protest against the injustice being meted out to the Scheduled Tribe people in the State.
The association vice-president, Mr V. Gnanaiah, the joint secretary, Mr Murali Krishna, the organising secretaries, Mr M Mallikarjun Rao, Mr J Shankar and Mr M V Sudhakar, were also present. (NSS)