PIL against intro of Gita in curriculum dismissed

Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 22:21

Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday dismissed a petition which had challenged state government`s
decision to introduce lessons based on Bhagvad Gita in the
school curriculum from the next academic year.

The division bench of Justices Ajit Singh and Sanjay
Yadav dismissed the petition filed by Catholic Bishop
Council`s spokesperson, Anand Mutangal. Judges said Gita is
not just a religious scripture, but "a way of life", as it
teaches morality and importance of maintaining social justice.

The petitioner`s lawyer, Rajesh Chandra, had said that
other religious scriptures such as Quran and Bible too should
be taught.

During an earlier hearing of the case, the bench had
directed advocate Chandra to read the Gita, granting him two
months` time for this purpose.

Today, he stated in the court that he read Gita, but was
unable to comprehend it fully.

The bench then dismissed the petition, saying that Gita
was not just a religious scripture, but a way of life.


First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 22:21
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