Kantaru Rajeevaru vs Indian Young Lawyers Association … on 10 February, 2020


Supreme Court of India

Kantaru Rajeevaru vs Indian Young Lawyers Association … on 10 February, 2020

Author: Hon’Ble The Justice

                                        IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
                                     CIVIL INHERENT/ORIGINAL JURISDICTION


                                    REVIEW PETITION (CIVIL) No. 3358 OF 2018
                                                       IN
                                     WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) No. 373 OF 2006

                         KANTARU RAJEEVARU                                  ….. Petitioner

                                                   Versus


                         INDIAN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION THR.
                         ITS GENERAL SECRETARY MS. BHAKTI PASRIJA
                         AND ORS.                                        … Respondents

WITH
SLP(C) No. 18889/2012, W.P.(C) No. 286/2017, R.P.(C) No. 3359/2018 in W.P.
(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 37946-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3469/2018 in W.P.(C)
No. 373/2006, Diary No. 38135-2018, Diary No. 38136-2018, R.P.(C) No.
3449/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, W.P.(C) No. 1285/2018, R.P.(C) No.
3470/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C) No. 3380/2018 in
W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C) No. 3379/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C)
No. 3444/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C) No. 3462/2018 in W.P.(C) No.
373/2006, Diary No. 38764-2018, Diary No. 38769-2018, Diary No. 38907-
2018, R.P.(C) No. 3377/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 39023-
2018,Diary No. 39135-2018,Diary No. 39248-2018, Diary No. 39258-2018,
Diary No. 39317-2018, W.P.(C) No. 1323/2018, W.P.(C) No. 1305/2018, Diary
No. 39642-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3381/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No.
40056-2018, Diary No. 40191-2018, Diary No. 40405-2018, Diary No.
40570-2018, Diary No. 40681-2018, Diary No. 40713-2018, Diary No.
40840-2018, Diary No. 40885-2018, Diary No. 40887-2018, Diary No.
40888-2018,Diary No. 40898-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3457/2018 in W.P.(C) No.
373/2006, Diary No. 40910-2018, Diary No. 40924-2018, Diary No. 40929-
2018,Diary No. 41005-2018, Diary No. 41091-2018, W.P.(C) No. 1339/2018,
Diary No. 41264-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3473/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary
No. 41395-2018, Diary No. 41586-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3480/2018 in W.P.(C) No.
373/2006, Diary No. 41896-2018, Diary No. 42085-2018,Diary No. 42264-
2018, Diary No. 42337-2018, MA 3113/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary
No. 44021-2018, Diary No. 44991-2018,
Diary No. 46720-2018, Diary No. 47720-2018, Diary No. 2252-2019,
R.P.(C) No. 345/2019 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 2998-2019, W.P.(C)
Signature Not Verified

Digitally signed by
SANJAY KUMAR
Date: 2020.02.10
11:36:59 IST
No. 472/2019
Reason:

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ORDER

We have heard the parties at length. For reasons to follow, we

hold that this Court can refer questions of law to a larger bench in a

Review Petition.

….………………………………..CJI.

[S.A. BOBDE]

….………………………………..J.

[R. BANUMATHI]

….………………………………..J.

[ASHOK BHUSHAN]

….………………………………..J.

[L. NAGESWARA RAO]

….………………………………..J.

[MOHAN M. SHANTANAGOUDAR]

….………………………………..J.

[S. ABDUL NAZEER]

….………………………………..J.

[R. SUBHASH REDDY]

….………………………………..J.

[B.R. GAVAI]

….………………………………..J.

[SURYA KANT]

NEW DELHI
FEBRUARY 10, 2020

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL INHERENT/ORIGINAL JURISDICTION

REVIEW PETITION (CIVIL) No. 3358 OF 2018

IN

WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) No. 373 OF 2006

KANTARU RAJEEVARU ….. Petitioner

Versus

INDIAN YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION THR.
ITS GENERAL SECRETARY MS. BHAKTI PASRIJA
AND ORS. … Respondents

WITH

SLP(C) No. 18889/2012, W.P.(C) No. 286/2017, R.P.(C) No. 3359/2018 in W.P.
(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 37946-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3469/2018 in W.P.(C)
No. 373/2006, Diary No. 38135-2018, Diary No. 38136-2018, R.P.(C) No.
3449/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, W.P.(C) No. 1285/2018, R.P.(C) No.
3470/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C) No. 3380/2018 in
W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C) No. 3379/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C)
No. 3444/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, R.P.(C) No. 3462/2018 in W.P.(C) No.
373/2006, Diary No. 38764-2018, Diary No. 38769-2018, Diary No. 38907-
2018, R.P.(C) No. 3377/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 39023-
2018,Diary No. 39135-2018,Diary No. 39248-2018, Diary No. 39258-2018,
Diary No. 39317-2018, W.P.(C) No. 1323/2018, W.P.(C) No. 1305/2018, Diary
No. 39642-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3381/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No.
40056-2018, Diary No. 40191-2018, Diary No. 40405-2018, Diary No.
40570-2018, Diary No. 40681-2018, Diary No. 40713-2018, Diary No.
40840-2018, Diary No. 40885-2018, Diary No. 40887-2018, Diary No.
40888-2018, Diary No. 40898-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3457/2018 in W.P.(C) No.
373/2006, Diary No. 40910-2018, Diary No. 40924-2018, Diary No. 40929-
2018, Diary No. 41005-2018, Diary No. 41091-2018, W.P.(C) No. 1339/2018,
Diary No. 41264-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3473/2018 in W.P.(C) No. 373/2006,
Diary No. 41395-2018, Diary No. 41586-2018, R.P.(C) No. 3480/2018 in
W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 41896-2018, Diary No.42085-2018, Diary
No. 42264-2018, Diary No. 42337-2018, MA 3113/2018 in W.P.(C) No.
373/2006, Diary No. 44021-2018, Diary No. 44991-2018, Diary No. 46720-
2018, Diary No. 47720-2018, Diary No. 2252-2019, R.P.(C) No. 345/2019 in
W.P.(C) No. 373/2006, Diary No. 2998-2019, W.P.(C) No. 472/2019

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ORDER

The following issues are framed for consideration by this Court: –

1. What is the scope and ambit of right to freedom of religion under
Article 25 of the Constitution of India?

2. What is the inter-play between the rights of persons under Article 25
of the Constitution of India and rights of religious denomination
under Article 26 of the Constitution of India?

3. Whether the rights of a religious denomination under Article 26 of
the Constitution of India are subject to other provisions of Part III of
the Constitution of India apart from public order, morality and
health?

4. What is the scope and extent of the word ‘morality’ under Articles
25 and 26 of the Constitution of India and whether it is meant to
include Constitutional morality?

5. What is the scope and extent of judicial review with regard to a
religious practice as referred to in Article 25 of the Constitution of
India?

6. What is the meaning of expression “Sections of Hindus” occurring in
Article 25 (2) (b) of the Constitution of India?

7. Whether a person not belonging to a religious denomination or
religious group can question a practice of that religious
denomination or religious group by filing a PIL?

….………………………………..CJI
[S.A. BOBDE]

….………………………………..J.

[R. BANUMATHI]

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….………………………………..J.

[ASHOK BHUSHAN]

….………………………………..J.

[L. NAGESWARA RAO]

….………………………………..J.

[MOHAN M. SHANTANAGOUDAR]

….………………………………..J.

[S. ABDUL NAZEER]

….………………………………..J.

[R. SUBHASH REDDY]

….………………………………..J.

[B.R. GAVAI]

….………………………………..J.

[SURYA KANT]

NEW DELHI
FEBRUARY 10, 2020

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