NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said anyone found guilty of using a forged caste certificate for getting education and employment will lose their degree and their job.
In addition, they will also be punished, said the top court.
In the case of employment, the top court said it doesn’t matter how long a person has held their job.
“Even if a person has been in job for 20 years on the basis of a fake caste (document), he will lose the job and also get punished,” the court said.
The apex court also said there can be no leniency or consideration of long years of service if anyone has used a fake caste certificate for getting admission or a job.
Last month, the Centre said employees who got jobs using forged scheduled or backward caste certificates will be dismissed, reported PTI. The Centre also asked all central government departments to collect details about such appointments from the various organisations under them.
Minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha in March that as many as 1,832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake caste certificates. Of these cases, 276 resulted in suspension or removal, 521 were entangled in litigations, and disciplinary proceedings were pending in the remaining 1,035 cases, he said.