The Supreme Court on Thursday held that job and admissions secured on caste certificates in reserved categories cannot be sustained if found to be fake subsequently, as reported by PTI. The apex court also said it disagrees with the Bombay High Court ruling that a person can be allowed to continue in job if caste certificate is found fake after a long period.
The apex court bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud did not concur with the findings of the Bombay High Court that if a person continues in service for a long period of time and the certificate is found to be fake at a later stage then, he or she may be allowed to continue in the service.
The Supreme Court’s verdict was delivered on a batch of petitions including the one filed by the Maharashtra government against the Bombay High Court judgment. However, the apex court said that the findings of its verdict would not be made applicable with retrospective effect and would be applied now onwards.
In June this year, the Centre had said that those employees who got jobs using fake backward caste certificates will be dismissed, as reported by PTI. The Centre also directed all central government departments to collect details about any such appointments from numerous organisations under them.