The Supreme Court of India told the petitioner to approach the individual High Court of the States where Hindus are in the minority. The petition was filed by Ashwani Upadhyay seeking benefits in education and Government jobs for Hindus who are in the minority in eight States of India, Republic World reported.
According to media reports, the PIL sought minority status for Hindus in eight states — Lakshadweep (2.5 per cent), Mizoram (2.75 per cent), Nagaland (8.75 per cent), Meghalaya (11.53 per cent), J&K (28.44 per cent), Arunachal P (29 per cent), Manipur (31.39 per cent) & Punjab (38.40 per cent).
During the hearing, senior advocate Vikas Singh argued that redefining 'minorities' was not the duty of the court, but of the State Government. After the hearing, the petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay told media that he would soon file his petition in the Delhi High Court.