Delhi High Court gave deadline to the Central Government, instructions to fill the vacant posts of National Commission for Minorities by 30 September

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New Delhi: Delhi High Court asked the Central Government to fill up all the vacant posts of the National Commission for Minorities by September 30 The High Court ordered that the process be completed by 30 September.

It was earlier directed to complete the process by July 31. The Center had filed an application requesting the court to extend this time limit by three months. After this, the court ordered to extend this time limit by two more months. The court said that the application for extension of time is allowed and it is extended till September 30.

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Earlier the deadline was till 31 July

During the hearing of the case, the High Court had earlier directed that all the vacant posts should be nominated by July 31 so that the functioning of the commission continues smoothly. The Center urged for extension of the time period in the months of April and May citing the situation of Kovid-19 in the country.

The counsel appearing for the petitioner said that he will not protest if the Center is given a reasonable extension of time to comply with the order. The petition, filed by Abhay Ratan Boudh in the Delhi High Court, said that since October 2020, only its vice-chairman is handling the work of the commission, while the remaining posts, including the chairman and members of Buddhist, Christian, Parsi, Sikh and Jain minority communities, are vacant.

The petition said that the posts started falling vacant from April 2020 and nothing was done despite bringing the matter to the notice of the concerned ministry. The Center had told the court that the posts were vacant during the COVID-19 pandemic, otherwise the commission was functioning effectively.


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