Supreme Court dismissed PIL seeking a ban on religious conversion.

The country's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on black magic and forced conversions.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman expressed strong displeasure over the petition filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, saying, “PIL is a ‘publicity stunt. You can also be fined for wasting court time.” Ashwani Kumar withdrew his petition after the court’s strict remarks.
BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer by profession, in his petition had demanded from the court that the religion conversion is being done by threatening or cheating unknown persons in the name of gifts, money or in the name of miracles, superstitions and black magic. Appropriate steps should be taken to control change. On this, the bench said, “what kind of petition it is, we can also impose a fine on the petitioner.” The Supreme Court on Friday said that a person over the age of 18 is free to choose their religion. This right gives them the constitution of the country.

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