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1995 Hindutva judgement: SC says no vote in name of caste, creed or religion

Updated: Jan 02, 2017 12:17 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 2 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday in its verdict on 1995 Hindutva judgement said no politician can seek a vote in the name of caste, creed, or religion.

The seven-judge constitution bench of the apex court further stated that election was a secular exercise and therefore, the process which follows it should also be adopted.

"Election is a secular exercise and thereby its way and its process should be followed also. Function of an elected representative should be secular," it said.

"Relationship between man and God is an individual choice and state is forbidden to such an activity," the apex court said further.

Earlier, during the hearing by a seven judge Constitutional bench, the apex court had said that it won't reconsider 1995 judgment which defined Hindutva as "a way of life and not a religion."

The observations came after an on interlocutory application filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad requested the bench to reconsider the 95 judgment.

The bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, said the court will not go into the larger debate as to what is Hindutva or what its meaning is and will not reconsider the 1995 judgment.

The remarks were made by the bench when some advocates sought to intervene in the ongoing hearing which commenced last Tuesday. (ANI)

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