Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition that has termed the oath of Governor Dr Syed Ahmed as unconstitutional because of his choice of word while taking the oath of office and secrecy.

Dr Syed Ahmed had used the phrase “In the name of Allah” instead of ‘In the name of Ishwar, while taking oath as Governor of the state.

Terming both ‘Ishwar’ and ‘Allah’ as one and the same, the court rejected the petition.

Dismissing the petition, the division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Tatiya and Justice PP Bhatt said such petitions should not be filed that in order to gain publicity. The court clarified that oath can be taken on any God’s name.

 “Oath should be administered in the name of God in which one has faith. Allah and Iswar both are same. There is a provision in the constitution where Allah can be used in place of Ishwar,” the bench ruled.

Dr Syed Ahmed was sworn in as the eighth Governor of Jharkhand on September 4. Ahmed was administered the oath of office by acting Jharkhand Chief Justice Prakash Chandra Tatiya at the state Raj Bhavan.