Monday, April 22, 2024

Kerala HC disqualifies Dalit Christian MLA, says he is not eligible as SC/ST member

Kerala High Court cancelled the result of Assembly election 2021 at Devikulam constituency in Idukki district. The High Court observed that CPI(M) MLA A Raja was not eligible to contest in the reserved seat and disqualified him.

A Raja does not belong to the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe community, the HC observed.

A Raja was disqualified after the court pointed out that he is from a converted Christian community.

The court was hearing the petition filed by UDF candidate D Kumar. The petitioner accused Raja of producing fake caste certificate to contest the election.

However, the court dismissed Kumar’s request to declare him the winner.

CPI(M) and A Raja may file an appeal against the High Court judgement.

Dalit Muslims and Christians have been demanding SC status for a long time, and the matter is currently under consideration by the Supreme Court of India.


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