NEW DELHI :
The Delhi high court on Friday sought response from the Centre on a public interest litigation (PIL) which seeks framing of an Uniform Civil Code provided in the Article 44 of the Constitution to promote unity, fraternity and national integration.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon issued a notice to the Centre and the Law Commission of India seeking their stand on the plea.
The petition was filed by Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.
“The object of the Article 44 is to introduce a Uniform Civil Code, which is essential to promote fraternity unity and national integration. It proceeds on the assumption that there is no connection between religion and personal laws in a civilized society…The object of Article 44 is not to encroach upon religious liberties guaranteed under Article 25," the plea said.
In his plea, Upadhyay sought direction to the central government to constitute a judicial commission or a high level expert committee to draft the Uniform Civil Code within three months, while considering the best practices of all religions and sects, civil laws of developed countries and international conventions.
He also sought direction to publish the draft on a government website for at least 60 days to allow for extensive public debate and feedback.