HC disposes of Bhagavad Gita circular case

Justice Abdul Nazeer disposed of the plea in the light of objections filed by the Deputy Director of Public Instruction submitting that the teaching was "not compulsory but voluntary" and that it could be taught after school hours.

The petition was filed by Karnataka State Minorities Educational Institutions Managements Federation, submitting that the circular would "go against the Constitution and also hurt the sentiments of minority and may create communal tensions".

The court had on July 14 ordered issue of notices to the state and the Union governments on the petition, which sought a stay on the operation of the circular.

The government has maintained that the Bhagavad Gita programme was neither sponsored nor funded by it.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Visveshwara Hegde Kageri had said government has only asked the education department to extend cooperation to the programme as it has been doing for other schemes like planting of saplings organised by various organisations.

Kageri's reported remarks at a function in Kolar that those opposing the programme should leave the country triggered a controversy.

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