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Logic of swearing by Gita in court questioned

A sessions court in Varanasi will hear a petition on July 31, questioning the logic of using only the Bhagvadgita as a testament of truth in courts and not other scriptures/repositories of truth such as the Vedas or the Ramayana.
By Press Trust of India | None, Varanasi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2006 06:10 PM IST

A sessions court here will on Monday hear a petition questioning the logic of using the

Bhagvadgita

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 Bhagvadgita 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 R K Verma said the Constitution also questioned the sanctity of the Bhagvadgita 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 war of Mahabharata.

He asked the court to make a provision for religious books like the Vedas and Ramayana 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 N S Rawal for July 31.

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