Patna: While the Patna High Court has imposed an interim stay on the caste-wise census in Bihar, the state government has filed a petition seeking a speedy hearing of the case.
After the state government decided to conduct a caste-wise census in Bihar, the first phase of the census was conducted from January 7 to 21. The second phase of the survey began on April 15. It was scheduled to be held till May 15. In this case, the Patna High Court imposed an interim stay on this survey yesterday (Thursday). Chief Justice K.V. A bench headed by Chandran passed the order. Further, the next hearing of the case was adjourned to July 3.
The Patna High Court’s interim order is seen as a major setback for the Bihar government. The opposition BJP alleged that the case was not handled effectively. In this case, a petition has been filed by the government seeking early investigation of this case.
Speaking to the media, Advocate General PK Shahi said, “We have filed a petition seeking speedy investigation of this case. The court has adjourned the case to July 3. However, we have requested for speedy investigation. Now the court has to decide.” He also said, “We are examining the details of the interim judgment given by the court. The government will do what it can.”