The Madras High Court has granted a four-week stay on the operation of an order of the Kancheepuram District Level Vigilance Committee, represented by the Collector, cancelling the SC community certificate of a panchayat president.

The petitioner, K. Vasikaran, said, based on the impugned order of May 10, the Tamil Nadu government is likely to issue orders removing him from the post of the president of the Gerugambakkam Panchayat.

Mr. Vasikaran said he belonged to the Hindu Adi-Dravidar community by birth. All records would clearly establish that he belonged to that community. As his wedding was according to Christian custom, it became necessary for him and his wife to undergo ‘Shuddhi ceremony’ conducted by Arya Samaj, and a certificate of reconversion to Hinduism was issued by the Samaj in June 2011. The reconversion was also notified in the Tamil Nadu government gazette the same month.

The petitioner alleged that the impugned order violated principles of natural justice. No opportunity was given to examine those who had given affidavits accepting that he and his family members were Hindu-Harijans. None of the documents produced by him was considered.

A Vacation Bench, comprising Justices B. Rajendran and K. Ravichandra Baabu, admitted the petition and ordered notice. The Bench stayed the operation of the impugned order for four weeks.

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