On Wednesday, the Allahabad High Court held that in order to obtain further directions, the petitioner May approach the appropriate authority.
While dismissing a petition that sought permission for including the Bhagavad Gita, that is, the Hindu holy book, Bhagavad Gita in curriculum of all schools in Uttar Pradesh, the High Court directed the petitioner to make a representation before the relevant authority, in this case, the Uttar Pradesh education board.
A division bench comprising of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Saurabh Lavania observed that the writ petition is ambiguous and misconceived and dismissed it on the basis of the same grounds. The bench however permitted him to approach the appropriate authority such as Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Uttar Pradesh or any other concerned board or university.
The writ petition was filed and argued in-person by Brahma Shanker Shashtri, the petitioner. His plea requested the Bhagavad Gita to be included as one of the subjects and taught to students of all grades. His reason for this request was that this acting was “in the overall interest of the society”.
The Allahabad High Court held that if the petitioner wishes to have the Bhagavad Gita taught as one of the subjects in the syllabus of intermediate level school children, he is permitted to approach the relevant authorities such as the Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Uttar Pradesh or other concerned boards or universities, which he deems appropriate for including it as a school subject or making it a part of the syllabus of one of the subjects. With this order, the petition was dismissed.