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Karnataka High Court Dismisses Pleas to Stop Non-Hindus From Working in Offices Under HRICE Act,1997

Lawstreet Journal 16 Dec 2020 8:32pm

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The Karnataka High Court on 14th December 2020 dismissed writ petitions which sought that non-Hindus should not be permitted to work in the office of Commissioners under the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay S Okaremarked that "The Hindu religion was never so narrow. Hindu religion as professed never consisted of people who are so narrow minded."

Highlighted points of the writ petitions as follows:

  1. Strict implementation of Section 7 of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997 thereby, seeking that no person who is not professing Hindu religion be permitted to work in the office of Commissioner appointed under the said Act.
  2. Questions on the printing of the name of A B Ibrahim, who was working as deputy commissioner with the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Department, Mangaluru, on the invitation card of the annual festival organized by the Mahalingeswara Temple.
  3. Objection pertaining to the appointment of Mohamad Deshav Alikhan as Superintendent in the office of the Commissioner under the Act.
  4. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty was surprised on reading the prayer in the petition filed by Amruthesh, which sought directions to restrain the deputy commissioner from entering the temple.

The bench orally observed:

"What heavens are going to fall if respondent 4 being the Deputy Commissioner, for overlooking the arrangements will enter the temple. Hindu religion was never so narrow. Hindu religion as professed never consisted of people who are so narrow minded."

The court further asserted:

"There are instances, go all… Continue Reading...


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