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PIL seeks uniform code for religious endowments

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New Delhi, July 31

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking uniform code for religious and charitable endowments. It referred to the control of authorities on Hindu temples across the country, unlike certain other groups that are allowed to manage their own institutions.

The plea filed by seer Swami Jeetendranand Saraswatee has also sought directions to declare that Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs have similar rights to own, acquire, and administer movable-immovable properties for their religious places like Muslims, Christians and Parsis.

The PIL contended that the petitioner has reasonable belief that the states are discriminating in the matter of management of religious affairs by controlling the religious places of only certain religious denominations like the Hindus and Sikhs.

Articles 26-27 do not leave scope of any discrimination between various religions, the plea said. — PTI

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