Review court can refer questions to larger Bench
- A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the five-judge Sabarimala Review Bench
- To refer to a larger Bench questions on the ambit and scope of religious freedom practised by multiple faiths across the country.
- Bench framed seven questions of law which it would decide now.
From prelims point of view:
Article 25 :
- The Article 25 states that every individual is “equally entitled to freedom of conscience” and has the right “to profess, practice and propagate religion” of one’s choice.
- Practicing religion or the act of propagating it should not, however, affect the “public order, morality and health.”
- The Article doesn’t put any restriction on the government when it comes to making any law to regulate “economic, financial, political or other secular” activities, which may be associated with religious practice.
- According to Article 25, the gates of Hindu religious institutions should be opened to every section of Hindus.
- Here the term ‘Hindus’ also includes individuals who profess Sikh, Jain or Buddhist religion. The same holds true for the term ‘Hindu religious institutions.