Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh High Court dismissed a petition challenging the state government decision to introduce the ‘Gita Sar’ (summary of the sacred book) in school curriculum.

The division bench of Justices Ajit Singh and Sanjay Yadav on Friday dismissed the petition filed by Catholic Bishop Council's spokesperson, Anand Mutangal.

The petitioner had argued that the BJP’s government decision is the violation of Article 28 (1) of the Constitution of India.

He had sought a stay on the state government order to introduce ‘Gita’ summary in schools.

The petitioner’s counsel Rajesh Chand had contended the Gita was a religious book and hence summaries of other religious books should also be incorporated in the school curriculum. Rajesh had also said that other religious scriptures such as Quran and Bible too should be taught.

After listening Rajesh’s arguments, the court on July 29, 2010 directed him to read the holy book in entirety and make up his mind before further arguments.

When the matter came up for hearing before the Division Bench once again on Friday, they dismissed the PIL seeking stay on the state government order to introduce Gita summary in schools.

The bench then dismissed the petition, saying that Gita is not just a religious scripture, but a way of life.