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Karnataka High Court Dismissed PIL Contending Gandhi Statue as A Place of worship [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 11 Sep 2020 9:48pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Karnataka High Court Dismissed PIL Contending Gandhi Statue as A Place of worship [READ ORDER]

Karnataka High Court while dismissing a PIL held that Gandhi Statue is not a place of worship. The verdict came on 7th September 2020 when the petitioner, advocate A.V. Amarnathan contended that “Prayers are offered near the statue of the Father of the Nation, it will have to be held as ‘religious institution’.” 

The petitioner filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) under Article 226 of the Constitution of India in the High Court of Karnataka for cancellation of the license given to Tonique Bar and Restaurant under Karnataka Excise (Sales of Indian and Foreign Liquors) Rules, 1968. 

The petitioner argued that the definition of ‘Religious Institution’ under Sub-rule (3) Of Rule 3 of Karnataka Excise Licenses (General Conditions) Rules, 1967 will have to be considered as the statute of Father of the Nation is a place where people offer their prayers hence it is covered the ambit of ‘Religious Institutions’ of the said act. On this the two-judge bench of Chief Justice Abhay s. Oka and Justice N.S.Sanjay Gowda said that “By no stretch of the imagination, we can hold that the statue of Father of the Nation is a ‘religious institution’. The emphasis in Sub-rule (3) of said Rules of 1967 is on a place of public religious worship. It is impossible to accept that the statue of the Father of the Nation can be a ‘religious institution’. Secondly, if we look at the thoughts and the views propagated by the Father of the Nation during his lifetime, it is impossible… Continue Reading...


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