Respect sacred days of all religions equally: SC judge writes to PM Modi over timing of conference

Supreme Court Judge Kurian Joseph, who was pulled up by Chief Justice HL Dattu for not attending a judges conference scheduled for Good Friday, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

FP Staff April 04, 2015 14:45:03 IST
Respect sacred days of all religions equally: SC judge writes to PM Modi over timing of conference

Supreme Court Judge Kurian Joseph, who was pulled up by Chief Justice HL Dattu for not attending a judges conference scheduled for Good Friday, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the need to hold the event on a day of such religious significance.

"No important programmes are held on holidays of religious significance ceremonies. Being the guardian of Indian secularism, I request your Honour to kindly have in mind these concerns also while scheduling events and benevolently show equal importance and respect to the sacred days of all religions which are also declared as National holidays," he wrote in his letter to the PM, according to CNN-IBN.

Respect sacred days of all religions equally SC judge writes to PM Modi over timing of conference

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The conference was scheduled to be held between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, which are the most important events on the Christian calendar, next to Christmas.

Joseph had sent the letter in response to a dinner invitation from the Prime Minister. He had said that he would not be able to attend as he had religious and family functions to attend in Kerala.

"I know it is too late to reschedule the events. I request your Honour to kindly have in mind these concerns also while scheduling events and benevolently show equal importance and respect to the sacred days of all religions which are also declared as National holidays", the letter added.

Earlier Joseph had also written to the Chief Justice, protesting the timing of the event.

"I may with deep anguish bring to your kind notice that such an important conference should not have been held when some of us, otherwise expected to be part of the event, or otherwise committed on account of the holy days when we have religious ceremonies and family get-together as well," he had said, according to CNN-IBN.

However CJI Dattu had reportedly replied, saying the question justice Joseph had to ask himself, as he could not ask the judge, is "whether it is institutional interest or individual interest that one should preference to".

In his reply to Justice Joseph, the CJI said assuming that religious ceremonies and family get-togethers were important, then he could asked his family to join him in Delhi.
"Several other participants are coming from distant places, leaving behind families," the CJI had said.

Citing sources, NDTV said that several Supreme Court judges, who are away from Delhi, will also be skipping the Prime Minister's dinner.

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