HC issues notices for canceling SEBC certificate of medico student

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Ahmedabad, Dec 5 (UNI) The Gujarat High Court today issued notices to the State Government and the Director of Developing Caste Welfare Department for canceling the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) certificate of a medico student.

Justice D A Mehta issued the notice after a preliminary hearing of a writ petition filed by medical student Marsrat Ibrahim Kapadwala challenging the November 16 order, passed by Developing Caste Department Director K G Vanazara, which cancelled the SEBC certificate of Masrat. The notice is made returnable on December 27.

The petitioner, who hails from Bodeli village of Sankheda Taluka in Vadodara district, in her petition submitted that she is a Muslim and her community is known as ''Taai'', which is traditionally the weaver's community.

She contended that the Muslim weavers in Gujarat are generally known as ''Julaya'' or ''Julaha'' but a section of weavers of the erstwhile Baroda State, who specialised in weaving cloth for making turbans for rulers and soldiers, were known as ''Taai''.

The petitioner, who passed Higher Secondary examination in March 2007 in science stream with 87 per cent marks, had submitted an application to the Developing Caste Welfare Department with all necessary documentary evidence for obtaining the SEBC certificate.

The documentary evidence was scrutinised by the authority and a certificate regarding the petitioner belonging to the ''Taai'' community was issued by the Deputy Director of Developing Caste Welfare Department, Vadodara.

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