New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking review of its order allowing the state government to examine the authenticity of his Scheduled Tribe status which is alleged to be based on fraudulent certificate.

The review petition submitted that the Apex Court has erred in passing the order as a scrutiny committee appointed by the state government has already given him a clean chit in
2001.

"The review petition is being preferred by him in view of the fact that the exercise of verification/scrutiny of his social status has already been undertaken and concluded by the
duly appointed scrutiny committee of the state government, as far back as the year 2001," the petition, filed through his lawyer Arjun Harkauli, said.

In a set back to the Congress leader, the apex court had on October 13 allowed the plea of the state government challenging the Chhattisgarh High Court order which had restrained it from holding an inquiry into his caste status.

The state government had filed the special leave petition challenging the clean chit given to Jogi by the high court on December 15, 2006.

Challenging the order, Jogi pleaded that instead of referring the matter to the state government, the Apex Court should appoint an independent committee to conduct
verification of his caste certificate.

"Appoint an independent committee to undertake scrutiny of the social status (tribal) certificates issued to the review petitioner showing him as belonging to ‘Kanwar’ Scheduled Tribe after giving due opportunity to him," the petition said.

(Agencies)