New Delhi: Former chief justice and activist Rajinder Singh Sachar, who brought to fore the socio-economic and educational conditions of the Muslim community, passed away in New Delhi on Friday at the age of 94, family sources said.
Sachar was admitted to the Fortis Hospital earlier this week. He passed away at around noon. "He was a patient of Ischemic heart disease and was put on pacemaker a couple of months back and had undergone stenting for blocked vessels in the heart," a family friend said.
"He was admitted to the hospital earlier this week. He was not able to take food and was having recurrent vomiting. He developed pneumonia and later succumbed to it," he said.
The former chief justice of Delhi High Court will be cremated at the electric crematorium in Lodhi Road here this evening, according to PTI.
Rajendra Sachar was chief justice of the Delhi HC from August 6, 1985 to December 22, 1985. He was also associated with the rights group People's Union for Civil Liberties. He had headed the committee set up by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for preparing a report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims and was tabled in the Parliament in 2006.
The committee report, became popular as ‘Sachar Committee Report’ is widely quoted worldwide for its findings and observations about the socio-economic status of Indian Muslims and also for the recommendations it made to tackle the alarming condition of the beleaguered Muslim community.
While compiling the report, Justice Rajendra Sachar, along with other members of the committee including Syed Hamid, Abu Saleh Sharif and others, travelled to various states and districts and personally met the community leaders and representatives.
The erstwhile UPA government had announced Prime Minister’s 15 Point Program for Minorities on the recommendations of Sachar Committee Report. There is no follow up seen on the program after the Modi government came to power in New Delhi.
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