The Patna High Court on Tuesday upheld the caste survey being undertaken by the Bihar government.
A Bench of Chief Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice Partha Sarthy delivered the verdict on various petitions challenging the caste-based survey the socio-economic survey in the state.
The first round of caste survey in Bihar was conducted between January 7 and 21. The second round started on April 15 and was supposed to continue until May 15.
The petitions before the High Court were filed by a social outfit and some individuals, who had first approached the Supreme Court after their request for a temporary hold on the survey was turned down. The apex court, however, refused to interfere, and referred them back to the high court with directions that their petition be heard quickly.
Nitish Kumar government has maintained that the purpose of the exercise is to get a clear estimate of the financial situation of all communities, to aid in developmental work.