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Supreme Court says it will not go into larger debate on Hindutva, 1995 judgment to stand

"We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning. We will not re-consider the 1995 judgment and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this stage," a seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 2:56 pm
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The Supreme Court, which is hearing a contentious matter relating to electoral malpractices arising out of its 1995 judgment, popularly known as the ‘Hindutva’ verdict, today said it would not examine the issue of religion at this stage.

“We will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what is its meaning. We will not re-consider the 1995 judgment and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this stage,” a seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said.

“At this stage, we will confine ourselves to the issue raised before us in the reference. In the reference, there is no mention of the word ‘Hindutva’. If anybody will show that there is a reference to the word ‘Hindutva’, we will hear him. We will not go into Hindutva at this stage,” the bench, which also comprised Justices M B Lokur, S A Bobde, A K Goel, U U Lalit, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageshwar Rao, said.

The remarks were made by the bench when, at the outset of the hearing, some advocates sought to intervene in the ongoing hearing which commenced last Tuesday.

Last week, social activist Teesta Setalvad had sought to intervene in the matter with an application stating that religion and politics should not be mixed and a direction be passed to de-link religion from politics.

After making the remarks, the bench resumed the hearing with senior advocate Shyam Divan continuing with his submissions.

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    indian
    Oct 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    Sense prevails.
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      Pmp
      Oct 25, 2016 at 10:55 am
      Some in the legal profession like TS use their resources to block every forward looking legislation ad infinitum and are supported by their covert friends in politics to continue keeping mes illiterate and consequently poor.This helps them continuing their inept rule.
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        Gopi
        Oct 25, 2016 at 11:02 am
        Thakur will soon be appointed as Cheap Justice of India.
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          Vish
          Oct 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm
          It was Dr. Radhakrishnan who wrote a book highlighting ' Hinduism a way of life'. SC does itself some credit in giving out a highly sensible view, without playing to the dirty gallery.
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            Tmz
            Oct 25, 2016 at 11:03 am
            T S Thakur's boss is Shri Bugger Bagawat.
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