SC rejects Christian body’s plea to defer elections

  1. The Supreme Court has refused to hear an urgent plea by a Christian body seeking rescheduling of the Lok Sabha polling date in Tamil Nadu. The petition had said that the scheduled date of polling for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry falls during the ‘Holy Triduum’, which begins with ‘Maundy Thursday’ and is followed by Good Friday and Holy Easter.
  2. The petition had said that the polling during the holy period would affect the fundamental right of Christians to worship.
  3. Article 25 to Article 28 of the Indian Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion to all the citizens residing within the territorial boundaries of India. Article 25 provides for freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion. Article 26 provides the freedom to manage religious affairs. Article 27 provides freedom from payment of taxes for promotion of any particular religion. Article 28 provides freedom to attend religious instructions or religious worship in certain educational institutions.