Centre on Sabarimala: Court cannot interfere in all religious customs


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New Delhi: The Centre has come out with a stern stand in connection with the Sabarimala issue. The court cannot interfere in all religious customs. The Centre made it clear that courts should not intervene in religious customs which is devoid of criminal nature. The Centre made this stance clear when the larger bench is set to begin hearing on the 7 contentious subjects with regard to Sabarimala tomorrow. Officials from the Ministry of Law informed about the Centre’s stand.

The proceedings will be heard by a bench headed by the chief justice S A Bobde. The Centre will also take a stand on pointing out the ethics not mentioned in the constitution and oppose the verdict. Solicitor General Thushar Mehta will inform about the Centre’s stand to the apex court.

7 Subjects before consideration of SC

  1. What is the scope and ambit of religious freedom under Article 25 of the Constitution?
  2. What is the interplay between religious freedom and rights of religious denominations under Article 26 of the Constitution?
  3. Whether religious denominations are subject to fundamental rights?
  4. What is the definition of ‘morality’ used in Articles 25 and 26?
  5. What is the ambit and scope of judicial review of Article 25?
  6. What is the meaning of the phrase “sections of Hindus under Article 25 (2)(b)?
  7. Whether a person not belonging to a religious group can question the practices, beliefs of that group in a PIL petition?

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