The Supreme Court today said persons above 18 years of age are free to choose their religion as it refused to entertain a plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to control black magic and religious conversion.
A bench of Justices RF Nariman, BR Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy told senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayana, appearing for petitioner advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, “What kind of writ petition is this under Article 32. We will impose a heavy cost on you. You argue at your own risk.”
The bench said there is no reason why a person above 18 can’t be allowed to choose their religion.
It further told Gopal Sankaranarayana, “there is a reason why the word propagates is there in the Constitution”.