SC rejects PIL on common civil code

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition seeking it to direct Parliament to usher in the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to bring all religious laws under the same umbrella.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur and Justices A.K. Sikri and R. Banumathi asked advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay to withdraw his petition, saying it could still consider such a plea for a common civil code if someone aggrieved by a harsh or discriminatory personal law of their community come to it.

“What cannot be done directly, you are trying to do indirectly...We cannot ask Parliament to bring the common civil code ... tell us first, has anybody come from the community you are alleging discrimination? If an aggrieved Muslim woman had come, we would have still considered her case...Let the community alleging discrimination come forward. We cannot examine this issue on the basis of a PIL,” Chief Justice Thakur told senior advocate Gopal Subramanium.

The hearing comes after the statement made by Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on the government’s position on the UCC in the Lok Sabha on December 3.

He said wider consultations with stakeholders were necessary considering the sensitivity of the subject.