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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a PIL challenging the Uttarakhand and Gujarat governments’ decision to set up committees to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in their respective states. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha said that the petition filed by Anup Baranwal and others lacks merit and does not feel the need to entertain it.
The court said that the constitution of such committees by the states cannot be challenged by going beyond the purview of the constitution. There is nothing wrong in states setting up committees under Article 162 of the Constitution. This article gives the executive the power to do so. In fact, the governments of Uttarakhand and Gujarat have formed committees to consider implementing a Uniform Civil Code.