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The writ petition filed by Hindu followers of the Sanatan Vedic Dharam also challenges the extension of Government welfare schemes to religious minorities using taxpayer money.
The Supreme Court today issued notice in a petition challenging the constitutionality of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, and the extension of Government welfare schemes to religious minorities using taxpayer money.
Notice was issued today by a Bench presided by Justices RF Nariman and SR Bhat on a plea filed by followers of the Sanatan Vedic Dharam, who are members of the Hindu community. The writ petition was filed by Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain.
The petitioners have approached the Court highlighting that they are being unconstitutionally deprived of benefits available to similarly situated members of religious minorities through Government welfare schemes, in violation of Articles 14, 15 and 27 of the Constitution of India. The petition states, inter alia,
“Petitioners are filing this petition against the injustice being done by the Central Government discriminating them with the members of other religious communities distinguished on the basis of religion. The Petitioners and other members of Hindu community are suffering because they have been born in majority community.”