A court in Russia has dismissed a case that sought a ban on the Bhagwad Gita. Hindus in Russia Wednesday won the case when Tomsk city court in Siberia dismissed the plea from state prosecutors.
The court rejected the appeal against a Dec 27 verdict given by a lower court in Tomsk.
“We have won the case. The court has dismissed the state prosecutors’ appeal,” an elated Sadhu Priya Das, a devotee of the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) in Russia told IANS over phone from Tomsk.
The case relates to Tomsk state prosecutor’s filing a petition in June 2011 seeking a ban on a Russian translation of “Bhagwat Gita As It Is” written by A.C. Bhaktived Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, claiming that it was “extremist” in nature and spread “social discord”.