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Lawyer Khembete, who urged court to declare him casteless, dead

Posted on Feb 04, 03:07PM | UNI

Thane, Feb 4 : A practicing middle-aged advocate from Thane, who had filed a petition in the court urging it to declare him as casteless, died of a heart attack at his residence, his family members said.

Fifty five-year-old Shreerang Khambete shot to fame when he filed a petition in the Thane court, urging it to declare him casteless, and the court could not decide on the issue for a long time till February last when it dismissed his plea. In his submission, he gave several instances where the courts around the world had declared one as casteless but the law in other counries was not applicable here in India, the court said and dismissed his plea.

Khambete, who was prominent among the legal fraternity, was cremated here on Saturday after his death on friday.

The district court here dismissed an application by city-based lawyer to declare him casteless/religionless, thus putting to rest speculations about decisions given by courts in unusual cases.

Khambete had made the application to declare him as religionless and allow him to live a life of a simple human being, The Judge, in his order, said that the provisions of section 34 of the Specific Relief Act, which gives right for this court to make declarations does not include the declaration relating to any religion and hence the same cannot be applied here.

In addition, the judge also dismissed the reference made by the applicant of the Israel Court decision and said the ruling of other countries' court was not binding on courts here.

The State of Maharashtra, Collector of Thane, and Union of India were defendants in the suit. And they were issued summons by the court way back in December 2009, asking them to file their reply. However, none of the defendants appeared and finally, the court decided to proceed with the hearing ex-parte as both the governments failed to appear and contest the case.

He told the court that he belonged to Hindu religion coming under the class of Brahmins and was an advocate by profession for the last 20 years. in his application, he said he believes that religion and caste are not God made but creation of man.

He said if people live only as human being, there will be no disputes, differences and communal tension in society. Animals, he pointed out, have no religion and caste and therefore live happily.