SC On One Constitutional Religion Plea: The Supreme Court on Monday (September 18) rejected the petition demanding ‘single constitutional religion’ in the country. The top court asked the petitioners whether they can stop people from practicing their religious beliefs. This petition was filed by two petitioners.
According to news agency PTI, the bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia asked the petitioners as to where did they get the idea of filing such a petition. The bench asked the petitioners, “You said that there should be a constitutional religion. Can you stop people from practicing their religion? What is this?”
Who filed the petition demanding a single constitutional religion?
One of the petitioners is not a lawyer by profession, but he presented his arguments in the court himself. This petition was filed by persons named Mukesh Kumar and Mukesh Manveer Singh. The court asked a petitioner appearing before it, “What is this? What do you want through this petition.”
The petitioner, who described himself as a social activist, told the bench that he had filed the PIL under Article 32 of the Constitution on the request of the people of India demanding a ‘single constitutional religion’. The court asked, “on what basis?”
What else did the court say?
The bench said that in the petition a request has been made to cancel the constitutional order of 1950. However, it did not mention which constitutional order was requested to be cancelled. After this the court rejected the petition.
Article 32 of the Constitution gives the right to the citizens of the country that if they feel that their fundamental rights have been violated then they can approach the apex court through appropriate proceedings.