SC upholds BJP MP Navneet Rana’s caste certificate


In a major relief to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navneet Kumar Rana, the Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the judgment of the Bombay High Court and upheld here Scheduled Caste certificate. A bench comprising justices JK Maheshwari and Sanjay Karol said the high court should not have interfered with the report of the scrutiny committee on the issue of caste certificate of Rana.

“Those who raised questions on my birth got an answer today. I thank the Supreme Court. The truth always wins. This is a victory of those who walk on the path shown by Baba Saheb Ambedkar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj…,” Rana told ANI news agency.

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Rana had challenged the Bombay High Court order of 2021, where the court observed that she fraudulently obtained a ‘Mochi’ certificate, even though records showed she belonged to the ‘Sikh-Chamar’ caste, Live Law reported. The Bombay HC had also imposed a fine of 2 lakh on the Amravati MP.

After this Rana knocked Supreme Court’s door and argued that her forefathers belonged to the Sikh-Chamar caste wherein ‘Sikh’ is a religious prefix and is not related to a caste. Her case was she belongs to the ‘Chamar’ caste.

On 28 March, Independent MP Rana joined BJP in the presence of state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule in Nagpur.

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Rana on Thursday filed her nomination papers from Maharashtra’s Amravati constituency ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Rana along with her husband Ravi Rana offered prayers at Hanumangarhi Mandir, in Amravati before filing nominations for the LS polls on Thursday.

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Rana won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Amravati as ‘Independent’-a constituency reserved for the SC category. Rana had defeated Shiv Sena candidate and former Union minister Anandrao Adsul from Amravati in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Navneet forayed into politics after marrying BJP politician Ravi Rana. In 2014, she ran in her first election from Amravati on the NCP platform but her debut electoral contest ended in defeat.

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Published: 04 Apr 2024, 12:53 PM IST


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