"There is a procedure for considering such cases. If an individual writes a letter making complaint against a judge, then Chief Justice of India will look into the issue," the bench said. It said the petition filed by the judge was a private interest litigation and he could not approach the court under writ jurisdiction claiming violation of his fundamental rights. The district judge, K B Gangeyudu, told the court that persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were discriminated regularly even now in all walks of life, including judiciary, and requested the apex court to frame guidelines to prevent such discrimination.
Citing various incidents, Gangeyudu said the HC judge "lost no opportunity to humiliate and harass him on a daily basis on one pretext or the other, reminding him directly or indirectly that he does not deserve the status of a colleague, being born in a lower caste". The HC judge, the petitioner said, was the principal district judge prior to his elevation to the HC. "This writ petitioner, a fast-track court judge in Andhra Pradesh hailing from Scheduled Caste, knocks the doors of this court, being denied the basic human dignity and equal treatment of law by the very custodians of fundamental rights, for the only sin of having born in a low caste," the petitioner said.
"The most humiliating experience was the petitioner was denied even the courtesy of a judicial chair with the official symbol of lions while sitting and discharging judicial duties. Though the petitioner complained about it to the district judge, he just ignored it. At last, the registrar general had to intervene and direct him to provide the chair to the petitioner after one-and-a-half years of posting," he said. Gangeyudu said he had lodged a complaint before the HC against the judge but no action was taken. He said he had complained also to the President and had forwarded a copy to the state chief secretary. The state government kept silent on it.
"While practice of untouchability in its open form is not prevalent in urban areas, it is still being practiced in work places in subtle form. People belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes even though employed as per the mandatory quota system, the discrimination in the work places being practiced by peers, superiors and very often even by subordinates is subtle but ruthless," he said. "Many able employees selected under the reservation system are not being provided proper environment for showing their merit and improve their performance. They are always reminded by the others that they are enjoying a grant and not entitled to it. Every possible trick in the rule book is used against them to suppress these subtler forms of untouchability being practiced in workplaces, the so called reservation for the Scheduled Caste will remain redundant," the petition said.