SC refuses to entertain PIL on uniform civil code
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking a direction to Parliament to enact a legislation on uniform civil code.india Updated: Oct 17, 2008 19:09 IST
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking a direction to Parliament to enact a legislation on uniform civil code.
"There is no power with us to give such a direction", a Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said.
"This court has earlier also said that such a direction cannot be given to Parliament," the Bench said adding that "it is the prerogative of Parliament to enact a legislation".
The PIL by Satya Pal said that there was a need for a uniform civil code in the country and submitted that he was approaching the apex court as Parliament has not taken any steps in this direction for the last 55 years.
However, the Bench said it will not give any direction to Parliament to make a legislation as such powers were non-existent.
When the petitioner said that the Prime Minister can be asked to take steps, the Bench said this was also not possible. The petitioner later withdrew the plea just when the Bench said it would dismiss it.