Census report released when Banthia was on extension

NEW DELHI, OCT. 7 . Much before the then Census Commissioner, J.K. Banthia, released a census report that sparked a controversy over the growth of Muslim population exactly a month ago, the Government had denied him further extension in the post.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had on August 26, 2004 approved the appointment of Devender Kumar Sikri, IAS officer of the 1975 batch from Gujarat cadre, as the Registrar-General of India and Census Commissioner for a normal tenure of five years.

The ACC Secretariat, in its August 26 order, said that Mr. Banthia, belonging to the Maharashtra cadre of the 1977 batch of IAS, would complete his extended tenure on October 4, 2004.

He was on a three-month extension when the census data on religion was released in September.