<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court (SC) is not going to redefine the term ‘Hindutva’. It will only examine whether invoking religion in election amounts to corrupt practice or not.Clearing the air, a seven-judge Constitution Bench on Tuesday made it clear that it would not revisit its 1995 judgment, which had defined Hindutva as a way of life. “We will not go into Hindutva at this stage,” the Bench, headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, said.”Whether Hindutva means Hindu religion or not is a larger debate. We are not going to examine it,” Justice Thakur said. The Bench clarified it after Senior Advocate KK Venugopal, who appeared for OP Gupta, former Ambassador to Finland and author of two books on Hinduism, sought permission to hear him before taking a final call.The Constitution Bench is examining whether an appeal by a politician or a religious leader to his followers to vote for a particular party or candidate falls under the ambit of electoral malpractice under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of People Act. During the course of hearing on Tuesday, the Court asked the counsel whether a Dalit candidate seeking votes from his community amounts to corrupt practice.Earlier, the Chief Justice had observed that religion, in any form, should not be allowed in elections. The Bench also comprised Justices MB Lokur, SA Bobde, AK Goel, UU Lalit, DY Chandrachud and L Nageshwar Rao.A bunch of applications have been filed by many individuals, including activist Teesta Setalvad, and organisations before the Bench. In her plea, Setalvad had sought a ban on the use of Hindutva in elections. She said religion and politics should not be mixed and a direction be passed.However, the Court declined to take up any of the applications at this stage. Two election petitions were filed against former Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP leader Sunder Lal Patwa and BJP leader Abhiram Singh from Maharashtra whose election was set aside by the Bombay High Court on the grounds that religion was invoked during polls. The issue has been pending for more than two decades.

View post:  

Will not redefine Hindutva now: Supreme Court