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Fund for minorities not to be used for religious acts: HC

india Updated: Mar 21, 2009 18:48 IST

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Dismissing a PIL against Central government' 15-point-programme for minorites, Gujarat High Court has directed that funds should not be used for promotion of any religious activities or advancement of religious teaching of a particular minority community.

High Court chief justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice Akil Kureshi yesterday directed that state should ensure that funds are not utilised for inculcating any religion or advancement of any particular religion affecting the constitutional requirement of neutrality.

The court ordered that the Centre has to ensure that the money should be utilised only for social welfare activities of minorities.

The Court dismissed the petition observing that funds used to minimise inequalities among minority communities by adopting various social and welfare activities does not violate the constitutional principles.

PIL filed by former BJP MP Vijay Patel had challenged the steps taken by Union government to earmark Rs 1900 crore in favour of a Muslim community by way of 15-point programme of Central government on recommendations of Sachar committee.

Petitioner had in the PIL questioned the wisdom of utilisation of national resources in favour of a particular minority community, which according to the petitioner, was contrary to the constitutional mandate.