Supreme Court forms Constitution Bench to hear plea challenging ‘Hindu prayers’ in Kendriya Vidyalayas

The Supreme Court on January 28, 2019, constituted a Constitution Bench for hearing a plea challenging the mandatory requirement to recite Sanskrit and Hindi prayers in morning assembly sessions of 1,125 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country.

The petition challenging the compulsory recitation of Sanskrit and Hindi hymns at Kendriya Vidyalaya was filed by lawyer Vinayak Shah, whose children had passed out of KV. Resultantly, students end up developing an inclination towards seeking refuge from Almighty instead of developing a practical outcome towards the obstacles and hurdles faced in everyday life.

As per the Revised Education Code for Kendriya Vidyalayas, 2013, it is compulsory for students to attend morning assembly where they have to recite the prayers. The morning assemblies at Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country begin with a prayer in Sanskrit and Hindi. The practice has been going on in the schools since 1964.

The bench of Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran observed that the matter of Hindu prayer recitation in Kendriya Vidyalayas required examination by constitution bench and accordingly placed the matter before the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to constitute a bench.

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