A sessions court in Varanasi will on Monday hear a petition questioning the logic of using the
only as a testament of truth in courts.
The application filed in the District and Sessions court by a lawyer questioned the choice of the Bhagavad geeta for Hindu litigants and witnesses to take oath in courts and not other scriptures like the four Vedas and the Ramayana.
It was filed under Section 5 of the Civil Procedure Code and the lawyer RK Verma said the Constitution also questioned the sanctity of the Bhagavad geeta as a holy book on the ground that it was a collection of discussions between Lord Krishna and the warrior Arjuna before the start of the Mahabharata.
He asked the court to make a provision for religious books like the Vedas and Ramayanas for Hindu litigants for giving testimony during court proceedings on the ground that these epics were "repositories of truth".
The matter has been transferred for hearing in the court of Additional Sessions Judge NS Rawal for July 31.