PIL filed in Bombay HC after row over Maharashtra govt's circular to distribute Gita in colleges - watsupptoday.com
PIL filed in Bombay HC after row over Maharashtra govt's circular to distribute Gita in colleges
Posted 21 Jul 2018 05:17 PM

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A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Bombay High Court has asked for quashing and setting aside of a circular allegedly issued by the Maharashtra government for distribution of Bhagavad Gita books across various colleges in Mumbai.

A row had recently erupted when it came to light that the government had issued a circular on July 11 stating that the holy book will be given to students of 100 colleges.

State education minister Vinod Tawde, however, denied his government's involvement in the issue. He said that the government is not going to distribute the holy book, it only provided a list of colleges to a trust wanting to do so.

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Tawde reportedly also said that he can allow distribution of the Bible or Quran in colleges as well should anyone demand that, after a fierce protest from the opposition.

The PIL prays that not only should the director and deputy director of higher education institutes, along with the education ministry be penalised with a fine of Rs 100 crore fine for violating Article 28 of the constitution, but the government should be asked to distribute books of Constitution of India to all colleges and also direct to make it a part of syllabus.

Article 28 of the Indian Constitution states that no religion instruction shall be provided in any educational institution wholly maintained out of state funds.

The petition has been filed by Sanjay Ramesh, a businessman from Matunga. His lawyer Nitin Satpute said that they will be mentioning the PIL before the appropriate bench of high court on Monday for an early hearing.

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