“Father of Nation” not Religious Institution: Karnataka HC

In the High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru, a writ petition was filed by an Advocate A.V. Amarnathan seeking cancellation of license permits granted to the Tonique Bar and Restaurant, Kasturba Road.

The Petitioner had contended the listed concerns:

  1. The statue of Father of the nation, Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park, a Church and the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police was in proximity within a lapse of 100 meters from the location of the Bar.
  2. The above said, was in the urge of consideration of the statue as ‘Religious Institution’ and since the prayers are offered near the statue.
  3. It was contended that Rule 5 of the Karnataka Excise Licenses Rules, 1967 has been breached.

Refuting the submission of the Petitioner, the State Government filed its reply, stating that the distance is more than 100 meters; therefore, there is no violation of any rule.

A Bench of Justice Abhay S. Oka and Justice N.S. Sanjay Gowda, while rejecting the plea of Petitioner, observed that:

  1. It is impossible to consider the Father of the Nation as a ‘Religious institution’, since, if we look for the thoughts and views propagated by him during his lifetime, it is unfeasible to accept the statue as a place of public religious worship.
  2. Being a true democrat, he never encouraged the worshipping of human beings.
  3. The contention of Rule 5 as objected by the Petitioner also stands rejected.

On the grounds above, the Writ Petition was dismissed.

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