Astrology is a `time-tested science`, says Union Government

Astrology is an ancient "science" and it cannot be banned, the Union Government has said in an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court here.

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

Mumbai: Astrology is an ancient "science"
and it cannot be banned, the Union Government has said in an
affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court here.

The High Court is currently hearing a PIL, which seeks
ban on practise of astrology, vastu-shastra etc. It also
seeks action against advertisements of astrologers, under
Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act,
1954.

However, in an affidavit filed in reply to the PIL,
Dr R Ramkrishna, Deputy Drugs Controller, government of
India, says that "ban on astrology and related sciences sought
by the petitioner, which is a time-tested science more than
4000 years old, is totally misconceived and unjustifiable".

The affidavit relies on Supreme Court`s judgement
which had held that introduction of a course in astrology did
not militate against the concept of secularism enshrined in
the Constitution.

Further, the affidavit states, that Drugs and Magic
Remedies Act does not cover the astrology and related
disciplines.

The Act can be used only against misleading
advertisements relating to drugs and magic remedies, such as
an advertisement of a drug assuring prevention of pregnancy,
or improvement of sexual power, etc without any scientific
basis, affidavit says.

Petitioner Bhagwanji Rayani has made several
well-known practitioners of astrology and vastu-shastra a
party to the petition.

It includes famous astrologer Bejan Daruwala too.
However, the High Court adjourned the hearing today
till June 23, as several of them have not yet filed their
replies.

-PTI