Posted by: becketfund | January 18, 2010

India: Supreme Court Refuses to Clarify Status of Sikhs in Constitution

NEW DEHLI – The Supreme Court dismissed a petition demanding Sikhs be taken out of the definition of “Hindu” as provided in the constitution (Article 25), claiming that it does not have the power to direct Parliament to amend the law, The Telegraph reported on January 18.  Explanation II to Article 25 says that any reference to Hindus should be understood to include a reference to Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.  A Constitution review committee, headed by former CJI M.N. Venkatachaliah, had recommended that Explanation II be deleted, a recommendation submitted eight years ago.

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