Contract government jobs to have SC/ST quota

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday disposed of a petition after the State government agreed to do away with Section 3(d) of the Karnataka Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes (Reservation of Appointment etc) Act, 1990.  Section 3(d) restrained the applicability of the Act to posts filled up on the basis of contract. 

The petitioner, Bajantri Madappa, had contended that suitable candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Tribes and Other Backward Classes were denied of jobs under contract under the existing Act.

The petitioner’s advocate M P Kunju had submitted that under the Central Act, there was no such clause.

However, it was only in Karnataka that reservation was not given for workers under contract.

The government advocate said that they have decided to do away with Section 3(d) in the Act and will give reservation for candidates applying for jobs under contract. A division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice R B Budihal disposed of the petition.

Details of sex abuse cases

The High Court has directed the petitioner to collect details about cases of sexual abuse on women pending before the sessions courts, details about number of accused convicted, acquitted and also those witnesses of the victim who have turned hostile.
 
Hearing a petition filed by advocate G R Mohan, the party-in-person, a division bench headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela directed the petitioner to gather information for the next hearing.

The petitioner said that despite the High Court drafting guidelines for women’s safety, the police department was not showing concern towards women’s safety.

The petition sought directions to initiate strict disciplinary action against the police who are slack in their duties while investigating cases related to rape and gangrape.

The petitioner sought directions from the court to the police officers that they should not be influenced by politicians, while investigating sexual abuse cases.

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