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The former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, paying floral tributes to the portrait of L.G. Havanur in Bangalore on Monday. Ravivarma Kumar, advocate, and MP R. Senthil (centre) are seen.
The former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, paying floral tributes to the portrait of L.G. Havanur in Bangalore on Monday. Ravivarma Kumar, advocate, and MP R. Senthil (centre) are seen.

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Tributes paid to L.G. Havanur at seminar

BANGALORE: The former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, on Monday demanded Constitutional amendment for reservation to Dalits and Other Backward Classes in the higher judiciary and setting up of a national judicial commission, divesting the Supreme Court of its power to recruit judges to both the Supreme Court and High Courts.

Mr. Siddaramaiah was presiding over a seminar, “Towards a Casteless Judiciary”, organised by the Lawyers’ Forum for Social Justice and the Dr. Rammanohar Lohia Samata Vidyalaya on the 85th birth anniversary of L.G. Havanur, the author of the Backward Classes Report giving reservation to OBCs.

Earlier, the forum’s trustee and former chairman of the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission, Ravivarma Kumar, the Pattali Makkal Katchi MP, R. Senthil, Kondala Rao, activist from Andhra Pradesh, and K. Balu, advocate, gave details of the “injustice” done to these sections in the wake of a meagre representation in the higher judiciary.

He regretted that these sections had not launched any serious struggle even when they were denied their legitimate rights to power in any wing of the State.

This, he said, had denied them equitable positions and wealth.

He called for holding many such seminars till the deprived people were awakened and achieved social justice.

Dr. Senthil said that Tamil Nadu won a legal battle in cancelling an order for holding entrance examination to professional courses benefiting OBC students.

He said that it was strange that reservation to OBCs had come down to four per cent from 11 per cent in the Union Government posts when the Mandal Commission report was implemented, because the creamy layer had been removed.

He read out the message of the PMK leader S. Ramadoss on the issue.

Prof. Kumar said that the late Havanur could not realise his ambition of seeing a Constitutional amendment to give reservation in the higher judiciary in India, but the South African government had invited him for a debate and also implemented his suggestion.

U. Bhupathi, former MLA, urged for abolishing the creamy layer order, so that OBCs and others could be appointed to posts reserved for them.

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