Notice to State, minorities panel chief

The High Court on Thursday ordered an emergent notice to the State government and Anwar Manippady, Chairperson of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission, following a petition challenging the functioning of the Commission and the Chairperson, even after his term ended.

The petitioner, Mohammed Wazir Baig, had moved the High Court against the functioning of the Commission, contending that he was misusing his office and continuing in the post, even after his term got over in February 2012, which is contrary to the Karnataka State Minorities Commission Act.

Section 8 of the Act says that the chairperson’s term should not exceed more than three years, but Manippady is continuing in office beyond it. “As per the Act, the commission comprises seven members, including the Chairperson. In this case, six members of the commission have retired and the Government has done nothing to make appointments, while the Chairperson enjoys power,” the petitioner said.

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