Sunday, 24 October 2010

8th amendment challenge to be revived

Eighth Amendment

BLHouse Report
The concerned lawyers didn't mention the Writ petition, filed 22 years ago challenging legality of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution that included 'Islam' as state religion, with High Court for not getting suitable bench.

Advocate Subrato Chowdhury, one of lawyers in the Writ petition said, "We are observing the situation and will mention the Writ petition with the HC after consulting with our lawyers."

"Document of the petition had been lost, but recently recovered," he added.

The Writ petition was filed in 1988 with the HC challenging legality of the Eighth Amendment, but was not moved any longer.

After the government recently took decision to remain 'Islam' as state religion and 'Bismillah' in the Constitution even after reinstating secularism, the initiative to set date for hearing of the Writ petition was taken, sources said.

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