Russian court dismisses case seeking Gita ban

March 22, 2012 12:22
Russian court dismisses case seeking Gita ban

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”.

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