Dr Swamy to take on Crusader – Jihadi Conversion Mafia in Himachal

published on May 2, 2012

Dr Swamy allowed to defend Hindu lobby-supported law against conversion in Himachal


CHANDIGARH: Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy, whose legal interventions in the 2G scam forced the government on back foot, is now going to defend a Hindu lobby-supported law passed by the then Congress government in Himachal in 2006. Dr Swamy on Monday sought to implead in the case against objections to the state’s Freedom of Religion Act on behalf of Jagadguru Shankaracharya’s Mahamandleshar’s Pethadipathis.

Dr Swamy last week approached the Himachal Pradesh High Court requesting the court that he be heard and made a party in a matter in which the Delhi-based organizations Evangelical Fellowship of India and Shabnam Hashmir-led Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) are opposing the Act that mandates a person changing religion to give a month’s notice to the district magistrate who will get an inquiry done into a possibility of coercion or inducement before allowing the conversion.

The court on Monday allowed Dr Swamy to be impleaded in the case amidst opposition from the Evangelical Fellowship of India and ANAHAD against delaying tactics. The two organizations, however, did not name Dr Swamy in the allegation of delaying tactics.

The division bench of the court comprising of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice VK Ahuja has fixed the next hearing for June 12. Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer Ajay Paul jagga, also Chandigarh unit Janata Party president, represented Dr Swamy in the case in the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Dr Swamy’s petition says he wanted to be impleaded in the case to assist the court.

The former law and justice minister Dr Swamy has pleaded that he has been involved in propagation of religions including Hindu belief as convener of legal cell of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha.

The petitioner has pleaded Dr Swamy has also taken up the issue of faith and Hindu religion in the well known matter of Ram Setu’s case which was filed by the applicant in the Supreme Court and obtained a stay against its destruction.

Dr Swamy has been pleading in person before the Supreme Court to declare Ram Setu as a national heritage site.

The petition has said the conversion of Himachalis after the Freedom of Religion Act, 2006 and 2007 stopped after the promulgation of the Act. The two bodies opposing the Himachal law find the law in the state against Article 25 of the Indian Constitution allowing freedom to preach, practice and propagate one’s faith.

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