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HC dismisses PIL for withdrawal of coins with religious images

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today dismissed a plea seeking withdrawal of coins having religious symbols embossed on them, saying it does not dent the secular fabric of the country.

A bench of Acting and Justice C rejected the PIL filed by two residents who had sought a direction to the and the Ministry to withdraw the coins brought out in 2010 and 2013 with images of and Mata Vaishno Devi, respectively.

"It does not dent the country's secular fabric and secularism does not bar issuance of coins to commemorate any event," the bench said.

The bench observed that the petitioners were not able to support their argument that the act of issuing coins with religious figures was impacting religious practices.

"The decision to issue to commemorate an occasion is purely in the domain of the under the Coinage Act, 2011," the said, adding there was no act of favouritism or discrimination by the by directing minting of coins to commemorate a particular event under the Act.

The PIL filed by residents, and Abu Sayeed, had sought a direction to the and the Ministry to withdraw the coins brought out in 2010 and 2013 with religious symbols on them.

"These symbols undermine the secular character, a basic feature of the Constitution.... The making, marking, naming, drawing, embossing or displaying overtly any religious figure or symbol is tantamount to espousing a religion by the State," the plea had said.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 14:16 IST
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