The significant ruling came while the Court was hearing a PIL filed by three individuals. The two-judges bench comprising justices Abhay Oka and A S Chandurkar ruled that every citizen has the right to not to follow any religion or faith, thus cannot be forced to reveal it in any form or declaration.
The court referred to Article 25 of the Constitution which has guaranteed the right to freedom of conscience. This right includes the right to announce that he / she does not belong to any religion.
“India is a secular democratic republic and there is complete freedom for any individual to decide whether he or she wants to adopt or profess any religion”, said the judges.