At present, as per Oath Act, 1969, a witness or any person who deposes in the court, can swear in the name of God or by placing hands on a religious book.
Sunil Mane and wife Laxmikanta Mane, in their petition, said, “The Oaths Act, 1969, needs to be declared as violative of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.”
An officer of Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation has made a similar plea in an another petition.
Besides that, it will also not create problems for people who are atheists.
The petitions will come up for hearing in due courses.