The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Tuesday began its hearing on the complaint of BJP that the land housing DMK party organ Murasoli’s office was panchami land allotted to SCs.
Meanwhile, the DMK, which claimed to have brought evidences to be produced before the commission, filed a statement of objections questioning the jurisdiction of the Commission to hear the complaint. Appearing before the NCSC in his capacity as a trustee of the Murasoli Trust, Rajya Sabha MP RS Bharati cited a few High Court and Supreme Court rulings on the jurisdiction of the NCSC and submitted that the power to adjudicate the validity of these documents was only with a civil court of competent jurisdiction and not with this Commission, that too only at the instance of a person having locus standi.
“What the complaint is praying for is a relief of declaration of title that the Murasoli Trust is not the owner of the land and also a relief of mandatory direction to evict the Murasoli Trust. The Constitution of India does not confer such powers of adjudication of title over properties on the Commission. In fact, only courts of law can perform such adjudicatory functions, even if the complainant is a member of the SC community,” Bharati stated in the objection filed on behalf of Murasoli Managing Director Udhayanidhi Stalin, who was summoned by NCSC.
“The Complaint has admittedly been made by Prof. (Dr.) R Srinivasan in the letter head of BJP, who is not a member of the SC Community. It has also not been stated that it is being made on the representation of any member of the SC Community. It is at the behest of a political party. Hence, it is to be rejected at the threshold,” Bharati submitted.
Speaking to reporters later, he said, “We have nothing to fear. We have brought the documents. Only the complainant has sought time. They can ascertain the nature of the land in an hour.”
Remarking that the BJP was indulging in mudslinging and backdoor methods like abusing power at the Central level, unable to digest the wipe out in the last LS elections, the DMK said, “This Commission being a constitutional body must not permit its offices and processes to be used for a political fight and must function in a fair and impartial manner.”