Caste-based census controversy reaches apex court

New Delhi, May 20 (Calcutta Tube) The controversy over the caste-based census Thursday reached the Supreme Court after a Chennai-based advocate filed a pre-emptive caveat, praying that if the Madras High Court verdict asking the census commissioner to carry out a caste-based census is challenged, he should be afforded an opportunity of being heard.

Advocate R.Krishnamurthy filed the caveat – an application praying the court not to grant relief to an anticipated petitioner without hearing the person filing the caveat – apprehending that the census commissioner might challenge the high court verdict.

In his earlier petition before the Madras High Court, the advocate pleaded that several political parties, MPs and state legislators had made representations to the census Commissioner that the 2011 census should also include caste identities of segments of the population.

The last caste-based census was conducted in the country in 1931 during British rule.

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