The Bombay High Court also heard the case on 15 August, a holiday. According to information, the Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificate of a student named Gaurav Wagh was canceled by the Caste Inquiry Committee. On which the Bombay High Court heard.
The court heard the matter on August 15, the day the 18-year-old tribal student was on government leave to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer. Giving justice to Gaurav Wagh, a division bench of justices Avinash Gharote and Manohar Chandwani set aside the verdict. The Caste Inquiry Committee claimed that he did not belong to a Scheduled Tribe.
After taking admission in engineering, Gaurav will have to submit his caste certificate by 3 pm on August 16 to confirm his seat, else his admission will be cancelled.
What is the matter?
While hearing the matter, the bench said that this is a very strange situation as the father of the petitioner has a caste certificate of the said caste. The decision of the committee has made the father a tribal and the son non-tribal. The judges said, the inquiry committee said that it was not right to reject his certificate.
The Court cited that ‘there is no prescribed procedure for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Tribes, Nomadic Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Special Backward Classes (Caste Certificate Act, 2000) in Maharashtra’. Therefore, the documents of the applicant cannot be rejected. As long as these recognition certificates are with them, they will remain in the field and will also be binding on the inquiry committee.”