No further appeal against Bhagvad Gita translation

Last Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 23:14

Moscow: Russian prosecutors have decided against taking forward their case seeking a ban on a translation of Bhagvad Gita, bringing to end an issue that had enraged Hindus worldwide and even threatened to strain Russia`s ties with India.

State prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk will not challenge a lower court decision to refuse to declare the translation of the Hindu scripture as "extremist", a news agency reported.

The Tomsk Region Prosecutor`s Office had initiated the case in June 2011 following its inspection of the Tomsk Society for Krishna Consciousness.

They had claimed that the text of `Bhagavad Gita As It Is` -- a translation and commentary on the original scripture -- was "extremist" literature full of hatred and insult to non-believers which promoted social discord.

The petition has already been dismissed by two courts.

In December last year, the Tomsk District Court refused a request to declare the book extremist, as it found no grounds to satisfy the lawsuit.

The prosecutor`s office did not appeal the decision, but the Tomsk Region Court upheld it without amendments on March 21.

Vasily Voykin, a regional prosecutor, was quoted as telling, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday that the Prosecutor`s Office will not appeal the court`s decision.

The case had drawn a flurry of criticism from Hindus across the world.

When the petition was dismissed by the lower court in Tomsk in December last year, India had welcomed the verdict as a "sensible resolution of a sensitive issue".

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had asked the Russian government to help resolve the issue quickly.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 23:14

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