Justice Sachar passes away

Published at April 21, 2018 01:50 AM 0Comment(s)2733views

Committee he headed brought poor socio-economic conditions of Indian Muslims to fore
A champion of HRs, he wrote several reports on Kashmir

Justice Sachar passes away

Rising Kashmir News

New Delhi, April 20:

Former chief justice of Delhi High Court and activist Rajinder Singh Sachar, who brought to the fore the poor socio-economic and educational conditions of the Muslim community in India, passed away at a private hospital here Friday after prolonged illness. He was 94.
Sachar was admitted to Fortis hospital earlier this week. “He died today of pneumonia with septic shock syndrome and heart-related complications," a source said.
A family friend said: "He passed away at around 12 noon. He was undergoing treatment for ailments related to old age."
The Rajinder Sachar Committee was set up by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for preparing a report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims and was tabled in the Parliament in 2006.
The panel, named the Sachar Commitee, had submitted its findings in a 403-page report in Parliament in November 2006.
In its report, the committee had highlighted a range of disabilities faced by the community and made recommendations to address them. It found Indian Muslims below Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in backwardness. Further, it found a huge mismatch between the percentage of Muslims in the population and in decision-making positions such as the IAS and IPS, and the general poor representation of the community in the police.
“He was a patient of Ischemic heart disease and was put on pacemaker a couple of months back and had undergone stenting for blocked vessels in the heart," the family friend said.
"He was admitted to the hospital earlier this week. He was not able to take food and was having recurrent vomiting. He developed pneumonia and later succumbed," he said.
The former chief justice of the Delhi High Court was cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium here.
Sachar was the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court and Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court from August 6, 1985 to December 22, 1985.
After retirement, he headed a rights group, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.
He was a champion of human rights and did a lot of work on Kashmir along with Ved Bhasin, Balraj Puri and Kuldip Nayar.
Justice Sachar was among the first civil society members and part of the first human rights group that came to Kashmir.
He wrote lot of reports on Kashmir and visited Kashmir valley a large number of times.
Son of a veteran freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of the united Punjab, Bhim Sen Sachar, he who was born on December 22, 1923.
He completed his early education in Lahore's D A V High School and graduated in law from the Law College, Lahore.
After enrolling as an advocate in 1952 in Simla, he began practising on all types of civil, criminal and revenue cases and retired as the former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
He was a member of United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
On August 16, 2011 Sachar was arrested in New Delhi during protests over the detention of Anna Hazare and his supporters.
Sachar Committee Report
The Sachar Committee highlighted and presented its suggestions on how to remove impediments preventing Indian Muslims from fully participating in the economic, political, and social mainstream of Indian life.
The report was the first of its kind to reveal the "backwardness", a term used in Indian academic and legal discourse for historically dispossessed or economically vulnerable communities, not meant to be pejorative, of Indian Muslims.
An issue highlighted was that while Muslims constitute 14 percent of the Indian population, they only comprise 2.5 percent of the Indian bureaucracy and similarly the Muslims were unrepresented in police, military and in politics too.
The Sachar Committee Report brought the issue of Muslim Indian inequality to national attention, sparking a discussion that is still ongoing.
The Committee recommended setting up an Equal Opportunity Commission to provide a legal mechanism to address discrimination complaints, including in matters such as housing.
In response to the Committee's findings, Finance Minister P Chidambaram proposed an increase to the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation's (NMDFC) budget, citing new duties and expanded outreach that the institution would take on to implement the Committee's recommendations.





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