High court scraps 80% share for Muslims in Kerala minority scholarships | India News

KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Friday quashed state government orders, sub-classifying minorities by providing merit-cummeans scholarship at 80% to Muslim community and 20% to Latin Catholic Christians and converted Christians, saying it cannot be legally sustained.
A division bench comprising chief justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly directed the government to pass appropriate orders, providing merit-cum-means scholarship to members of the notified minority communities within the state equally and in accordance with the latest population census available with the state minority commission. The bench was responding to a PIL filed by one Justine Pallivathukkal, challenging a 2015 government order, that reservation among the Muslims and other minority communities will be in the ratio of 80:20. The petitioner contended that the fixation of such a ratio was arbitrary, unjust and illegal and accordingly violative of Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution.
The court noted that the Christian community had made representations to the government and state minority commission on the discrimination meted out to Latin Catholic Christians and converted Christians on award of merit-cum-means scholarship, but no action was initiated.

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