Allotting 80% Minority Scholarships to Muslim Community is Illegal: Kerala HC

On Friday, the Kerala High Court ruled that action of the State Government in sub classifying the minorities by providing merit cum means scholarship at eighty per cent to the Muslim community and twenty per cent to Latin Catholic Christians & converted Christians can’t be legally sustained.

The Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Chief Justice S Manikumar and Hon’ble Justice Shaji P Chaly ruled that it should be in proportion to the population of various minorities.

The Court directed that the current census should be taken into account. Advocate Justin Pallivathukkal filed the instant plea.

In 2015, the Government issued an order to provide merit-cum-means scholarship at eighty per cent to the Muslim community and twenty per cent to Latin Catholic Christians and Converted Christians.

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According to the petition, separating minorities into Christians & Muslims was against secularism. The government benefits should be made available to minorities in proportion to the population.

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