The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a plea seeking appointment of full-term Chairman, Vice-Chairman and other members of the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under Article 338 of the Constitution.
The PIL was filed by an NGO named People’s Charioteer Organization through advocates Rajesh Inamdar, Shashwat Anand and Amit Pai.
The bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde issued notice on a petition by the Peoples Charioteer Organisation, submitting that in the instant case the office of the Chairmen/Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and also that of the members are vacant and in such situation the absence of crucial office-bearers, means that these Commissions are being run by the bureaucracy, which makes them toothless, ineffective and renders several victims of the atrocities remediless. This makes these Commissions redundant and ephemeral, and thus, failing the very constitutional objectives and mandate for which they have been established.
Finally, it is pressed that it is picturesque, that it is utmost necessary and imperative, that the Court may direct the Central to make appointments of the respective Chairmen/Chairpersons in the concerned Commissions, as aforesaid, and further to direct the Central Government and thesaid Commissions to publish the Annual Reports, within a reasonable time, forthwith.