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SC to examine whether Guru can take place of God

Posted on Dec 19, 07:03AM | UNI

The Supreme Court has decided to examine the issue whether the word 'God' can be replaced by 'Guru' by a person taking oath as an MLA or MP.

A bench comprising Justices R M Lodha and Anil R Dave has requested Attorney General G E Vahanvati, former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam and senior council M N Krishnamani to assist the court.

Mr Umesh Challiyil, while being sworn in as an MLA in Kerala assembly, took the oath in the name of Sree Narayana Guru, taking the stand that he considered Guru as god.

Under Article 188 of the Constitution of India an elective representative can take oath in the name of God or make a solemn affirmative statement to the effect as follows.

"I say in the name of God that I will bear true faith allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India and that I will faithfully discharge the duty upon which I am about to enter." Kerala High Court has declared the oath taken by Umesh in the name of the Guru in 2001 as invalid.

He approached the Apex Court against this judgement. The Court posted the matter for further hearing on February 6, 2013.